About Chris Davis' Fly on the Wall post, "U.S. Postal Service Issues Neverending Elvis Stamp" ...
The sales of Elvis Presley stamps issued worldwide cannot be licked. The famous American one has sold more than six hundred million! His very first recording was recently auctioned for $300,000. Elvis fans are amongst the USPS' biggest customers, as we trade internationally, buying and selling Elvis music and memorabilia.
About Jen Clarke's Last Word column, "Forget Nashville" ...
I think it's all pretty much good natured kidding. The Nashville equivalent of this paper, the Nashville Scene, takes shots at Memphis quite often. Just snicker and move on. Though I have heard that the Tennessee Legislature is drafting a law to divert the Mississippi River to Nashville.
Born and raised in Memphis, but have called Nashville home for the last 12 years. With every new hipster tourist attraction that pops up in Nashville pretending to be vintage and old school ... I miss Memphis more and more. I'll take BBQ Fest and a Peabody rooftop party any day!
I am from Memphis and living in Nashville now. Memphis has much more character and cares about its history more. Nashville is all too anxious to tear it down and build new. I think if they could do it here, they would turn their backs on country music, which is their bread and butter.
Keep it up, Memphis. The tide is turning! Also, if Memphis/Shelby went metro government like Nashville/Davidson County, the population would jump up close to a million folks. Davidson would never catch up to that.
About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter From the Editor, "A Bridge Too Far" ...
The Tennessee Department of Transportation has some serious problems with their planning engineers. They have screwed up the design on the 1-55 and 1-240 interchanges in Memphis for over 50 years, and they continue to be clueless. A roundabout? Are you serious?
This is all about the preservation of the French Fort neighborhood. What they should do is build the flyover through French Fort, and pay whatever it costs to relocate those people. To not do so will cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity, wages, and travel time for everyone else.
Joel G. Wood
Southerners love roundabouts. NASCAR rules!
I find it hilarious that people of West Memphis are so against the bridge closure because of traffic backups and delays. I cannot remember a time when there wasn't some type of ridiculous interstate construction project going on over there. I'm sure most are pork projects to line pockets. While doing all of these I-40 rebuild projects from Memphis to Little Rock over the last few years, Arkansas could have made the highway six lanes for that stretch. The truck traffic is insane!
About Bianca Phillips' post, "Tennessee Equality Project Releases New Advocacy Agenda" ...
Can someone please explain how someone's sexual identity needs political lobbyists? Is there a straight lobby? You have an agenda.
You're gay. Fine, that's your business. This movement grew out of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, and instant gratification.
Yes, there is a straight lobby/non-profit. It's called the Family Research Council. There are others, too. I was a small child coming out of the 1960s. I never had sex until I was 40 and I've never taken drugs. That's nobody's business but my own, but your bigotry cried out for correction, so I just made it public again. That's the reason for gay rights lobbyists and non-profits, too, by the way: because bigots need correcting.
Correction: The "Plowing Through Punk" music feature in the June 4th issue was written by Andrew Earles, not Chris Shaw.