About Toby Sells' cover story, "All About That Bass!" ...
Nice article. I think the big miss is the absence of the trolley/street car to cart visitors from Bass Pro around downtown. Sorry, trolley buses (like Showboat buses) are just a sad and inexcusable replacement.
The street cars could have been a perfect device to get visitors out of the retail environment and into the city streets. I hope the Flyer will investigate what went wrong with the management of the trolley system.
The lack of foresight in not having the trolleys operational by Bass Pro's opening is borderline criminal. There is a trolley stop at the Pyramid I used to use to get back to my car after games.
Once Bass Pro opens, people in the parking lot should be seeing our trolleys go by every few minutes. They would pick up thousands of tourists who would get off on South Main or Beale Street and spend tourist dollars.
I give our city credit and generally ignore the naysayers, but the total mismanagement of the trolley shutdown makes me wonder about our leadership and vision. The trolleys are truly the glue and an incredible asset to the entire area. With Bass Pro opening, it's just another huge missed opportunity as the trolleys sit idle.
The Bass Pro store on Sycamore View does a good business. Will its current clientele drive downtown to the new one?
About Jackson Baker's Politics column, "From Nashville to Memphis: A Venue Change" ...
Brian Kelsey's version of "liberty" is what you might expect from a person who grew up as a child of privilege in a wealthy family, was coddled even into adulthood, and has never had to worry about how to make a living, where he has to find the money to pay this month's utility bill, or how he will go about getting a child educated on limited funds. He has nothing in common with regular people.
About Bianca Phillips' post, "Memphis Couple Will Travel to D.C. for Supreme Court Same-sex Marriage Case" ...
Marriage, legally speaking (and we are talking about the law, not religious doctrines), is a contract between adults that, absent of another contract that says otherwise, joins them financially, makes them next of kin, and default reciprocal beneficiaries.
Under a system of gender equality, there is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult — regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion — is free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage (and any of those without the others) with any and all consenting adults. Polyamory, polygamy, open relationships are not for everyone, but they are for some.
The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step but is not full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality.
About Bianca Phillips' post, "Bill Increasing Penalties for Animal Fighting Passes Tennessee Legislature" ...
Amazing night vote: taking a tradition and cultural heritage such as cockfighting and putting such a penalty on it. Cockfighting has been an American tradition since it was founded, and no wonder we're becoming a third-world country. Think back to the 1940s through the 1960s, when America was a great nation — and look what the government has done to it!
Totally agree, Papa. America's decline is a direct result of our criminalization of such wholesome sporting activities as cockfighting. And night raids.
Whenever I wonder what is the best course for this nation I ask myself, "What would a cockfighter do?" Then I head down to the slave auction and help the economy at the "Buy Two, Get One Free" sale.