What They Said (September 25, 2014) … 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers — ISIS, Commercial Appeal changes, Wendi Thomas at the Flyer, and Tiger football.

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  • Greg Cravens

About Randy Haspel's "Rant" on ISIS and new military action in the Middle East ...

It's time to have a new war, because the old war is running out. We need this war, because we always have to have a handy war, so the war machine makers can test out their new war machines. Because we need the best war machines. And everyone who doesn't love the new war? Well, they are just terrorists and anarchists, and maybe even communists. So they need to be watched by Homeland Security. They might even have beards and be Muslims. Look out!


Or maybe ISIS needs to be watched because they cut off the heads of innocents, including children, execute all those who do not agree with their religious beliefs, force girls as young as 10 into "marriages" with their fighters, and their leader has threatened to come to the U.S. and do the same to us.

Personally, I am pretty happy we have all those new war machines at a time like this.


About Chris Davis' webpost, "Commercial Appeal Changes; 17 Laid Off" ...

Not good. The lack of serious news coverage hurts everyone. I'm thinking of a PBS documentary on the decline of major newspapers. The title is frightening:

Black and White and Dead All Over.


The internet hasn't killed print; bad decisions have. I once worked for a print entity that was purchased by AOL. It was supposed to be the dawning of the age of synergy. Guess how well that worked out. 

Really terrible decisions made by people far from the news-gathering and content-creation side of the business, as well as the local markets being served, sunk the company. Now, that big Wall Street-controlled, multi-national internet company for which I worked is unraveling and in a sort of assisted living center for once-thriving businesses. 

Print can still turn a buck and, more importantly, news-gathering companies can survive. They have to. Otherwise, if you think we're in hot water now, just wait until we further weaken the Fourth Estate.

Rich Banks

The Flyer could take the high road or give the people what they want (like The New York Daily News): "INTRODUCING THE FLESH BURGER! British chef creates burgers that taste like human flesh" or "'YOU'RE GOING TO KILL OUR BABY!': NYPD cops toss pregnant woman to ground in Brooklyn and pummel good Samaritan who tried to help."


About Wendi C. Thomas' column, "The Power of Poverty" ...

I don't know what all you people were complaining about. Wendi's first column here is spot on. Welcome to the Flyer!


About a Frank Murtaugh's weekly website post, "Three Thoughts on Tiger Football" ...

We are MEMPHIS! It is us against the world. Our fans and citizens do not jump on the bandwagon. I'd rather play all games against the five power conferences. The day is coming when the Tigers, Grizzlies, and Redbirds will rule. And that will not happen by playing Austin Peay.

The fans do not want the schedule filled with sorry games. We want Florida, Ole Miss, UCLA, etc. More important, so do the recruits. Remember, fans pay for the programs, and better recruits and players win the games.


Actually, I think the Boise State model has proven to be pretty strong. Boise typically steps out of conference against one elite conference foe per year, and that's it. The rest are small conference.

They made a name for themselves by dominating their conference, winning their other weak non-conference games, and then having that one game a year where they could play up to major competition, and occasionally pull off a win (Georgia, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl).

That sounds like the model Fuente wants to follow, and it's probably best. That said, even as an Ole Miss fan, I think that Memphis would be better off varying which team they play in that game each year, similar to how Boise State has done it.



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