About Toby Sells' story, "'Old Bridge' Could Close for Up to Nine Months" ...
Cue the Benny Hill theme music.
I am curious to see how tractor-trailer drivers moving westbound on Crump toward the bridge will feel about having to navigate a roundabout to access I-55 northbound. That should be fun.
Now that is scary-looking, even with no traffic around! Truckers are experienced drivers, but most Memphians are not familiar with roundabouts. You should see the people driving straight across the one by Target and PetSmart out at Poplar and I-240!
Memphis drivers can't deal with straight roads of more than one lane. Give them two lanes and they will inevitably end up in the wrong one to make their turn, at which point they will stop both or more lanes of traffic or just endanger the lives of everyone by making their turn anyway, traffic be damned. And if a road happens not to have enough lanes to suit their purposes, they make their own.
Watching the roundabout on TDOT cameras should prove to be an entertaining pastime.
About Tim Sampson's last Rant ...
Say it ain't so! Please don't reduce The Rant to once a month. It is the only thing worth reading in your paper. Tim Sampson and Randy Haspel are brilliant comics who help to expose the brain-dead beliefs of right-wing crazies and the coming takeover of America by the Koch brothers and other power-mad Republican scum. Remember, just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean the Republicans are not out to get you!
Editor's Note: Tim and Randy will each write once a month in our new "Last Word" column. They will be joined on alternate weeks by Jen Clarke and Susan Wilson. Clarke's first column debuts in this issue.
About Wendi C. Thomas' Truth Be Told column, "Good Moves" ...
If these young ladies survive the gauntlet that society has set up for their youth, they should make deadly competition for their more affluent age-group members. If they're on a level field of competition.
About Bianca Phillips' story "Bus Riders Union Asks for Improvements to North Terminal" ...
As a user of the North End Terminal for my daily commute, I agree it could use some improvements. I have never used the restrooms, but the waiting areas are filthy, with litter especially evident outside. I once observed a bus driver toss litter from their window onto the pickup area.
There is rampant cigarette smoking in the parking lot and the seating areas, often directly under the "No Smoking" signs. As for the security guards, I have seen only exemplary treatment of riders by them. Yes, they bark at people walking in the bus lanes, but that makes perfect sense to me from a safety standpoint.
Some riders are not great examples of humanity, but most riders I interact with are friendly and polite. That goes for most of the drivers and other staff. Given the time constraints drivers operate under, especially when dealing with less-than-considerate riders and unpredictable traffic, I am generally impressed with their professionalism.
About the ongoing battle over the Greensward in Overton Park ...
I was at the Memphis Zoo on Memorial Day. The Greensward (aka, a huge field of weeds) area used by the zoo had not one soul enjoying this precious piece of future parking. This is an absolute joke. The leftists hate that people drive and park to see caged animals. They should be honest about what's really eating them.
Ohknow, your hatred for things green and your love of all things caged is so over-the-top stereotypical as to be suspicious. What is your real agenda, comrade?
Mia S. Kite