What They Said (November 20, 2014)… 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers — Rural vs. urban voters, cows, fear, Harold Ford Jr., Drake’s dad, and the Harahan Big River Crossing project.

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  • Greg Cravens

About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter from the Editor on urban vs. rural voters and fear ...

You're seriously comparing racism to a fear of... cows?

Count Dracula

"Aren't you worried about those cows coming after us?" That's the funniest line I've read in a long time.


One of my favorite movies is Defending Your Life with Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, and Rip Torn. In a nutshell, Brooks' character dies and finds out the afterlife is a review of one's life, and it's to determine if you have to return to earth and try it again or get to move on to the "next destination." The determining factor is fear. If you let fear rule your life, then you will return to earth and try again in a new life.

Rip Torn's character explains it with this quote: "Fear is like a giant fog. It sits on your brain and blocks everything — real feelings, true happiness, real joy. They can't get through that fog. But you lift it, and buddy, you're in for the ride of your life."

Charley Eppes

About Harold Ford Jr.'s Viewpoint column, "A New Day in Washington" ...

Yikes, a lot of that made sense. How did that slip into this week's Flyer? It's not sour grapes like every other piece.

Not a Midtown Liberal

Why should the president take advice from a perennial loser? Yes, this election is a wonderful opportunity for soulless, bottom-feeding Democrats to suck up to Republicans and sell out your party and your people for an invitation to a Washington cocktail party.

Thanks ever so much for bringing up our old friend, the Keystone Pipeline. This Canadian boondoggle that promises to bring thousands of well-paying, short-term jobs (not including strippers, I suppose) in exchange for a leaky pipeline delivering, as Charles Pierce says, the world's dirtiest fossil fuel across an aquifer that waters America's breadbasket — and then to the world's, but not America's, gas tanks. It's such a sweet deal, the Canadians themselves didn't want it crossing their land, so they looked south for a sucker and found one named Harold Ford Jr.


Was he out of the country during the 2010 and 2014 elections? Blue Dogism is dead, so are the careers of Lieberman, John Barrow, and all the others. On Election Day we settled all family business, and we are drifting rightward as a party no more.


About Clay Skipper's cover story, "Drake's Dad" ...

How nice that you featured Dennis Graham. Excellent approach to journalism. Terrance and I have met him at DKDC for one of Marcella's shows, and he rocks! Very cool man — down to earth, warm, and friendly.

Cynthia Simien

This was a very good article. People rarely write articles like this, these days. It was like a novel.

Odera Okoye

About Toby Sells' post, "Big River Crossing Construction Begins on Harahan Bridge" ...

This is one of the biggest boondoggles ever concocted. Total waste of money. The proponents must have never been to West Memphis. It ranks as the mother of all armpit jewels in the U.S. Can't this colossal waste be stopped? I sure hope so.


Talk about a bridge to nowhere. What a waste of money.


It's not a bridge to nowhere. It will connect with the Mississippi River Trail and, once across, you will be able to ride the levee to New Orleans and eventually north to the river's source in Minnesota. From what I have seen, projects like this boost a city's draw, making people want to live inside the city limits. Having people stay or move into the city will be a long-term benefit to the tax base. Think of it as an investment.

Mark Hendren


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