What They Said... 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers ... gay marriage, mass shootings, Riverside Drive, President Obama, and the Grizzlies.

About Bianca Phillips' story, "License to Wed" ...

As a Christian, I won't ever accept gay marriage as valid. As an American, however, I find it appalling that anyone should be either provided or denied a benefit because of their marital status or sexual preference. The only perversion in the entire gay-marriage process is in the IRS/government having a say one way or another in who has a right to leave their money to whom.

If the thought process is that stable couples promote family and community values and should be rewarded with tax and benefit breaks, then what the hell difference does it make if two people are heterosexual, homosexual, married or otherwise? A citizen should be able to leave his estate to any significant other he chooses without government getting its nasty hands on the property a second time. Had the IRS been set up properly to favor households in the first place, most of the venom, energy, and cruelty surrounding the entire homosexual partnership issue would have never become such a passionate and vicious protest in the first place.
Tommy Volinchak

About recent mass shootings ...

How many of the shooters study music and the arts? Schools keep removing music and the arts from their agenda and yet that is what brings out the goodness in people. How many of the mass shooters were musicians? Probably none.

About Toby Sells' post, "Riverside Gets a Road Diet, Bike, and Pedestrian Lanes" ...

Really bad idea! We need more traffic lanes and more parking downtown, not less! The reason why there was little negative impact on traffic when Riverside was down to two lanes [for Memphis In May] was because so many people opted to go to restaurants in either Mississippi or Germantown/Cordova/Collierville in order to avoid the traffic nightmare on Riverside.

In a few months, people are going to forget there were ever two lanes each way on Riverside. It'll be like the great scare about Madison Avenue: Some people will freak out and then it'll be fine. Relax people.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
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About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter from the Editor on politics in a convenience store ...

Bruce, if the couple at the store were attractive Eddie Bauer types, would you have been willing to engage them in discourse?

When engaged in checkout line political discussion, I find that holding my quart beer by the neck lends itself to civil debate.
CL Mullins

Maybe he meant the situation in Ukraine or Libya or Syria, or maybe it was the immorality of drone warfare, or the Edward Snowden revelations. But I'll go out on a limb and say it's because the president is black.

About Kevin Lipe's post, "Grizpocalypse Now Redux: Nine Questions About Where We're At" ...

All the people who rave about the Levien acquisitions always conveniently ignore the Prince trade, which ranks right behind Thabeet as the second worst acquisition in Griz history.

I think the Grizzlies reputation angle has been way overstated by the media, both here and elsewhere. This saga doesn't help the organization's reputation, but it wasn't as if big name free agents were dying to play for the Griz before this.

About Jackson Baker's post, "Act Two for Pablo Pereya — This Time as a Republican Activist" ...

I am sure that the Latino community will forget how the rest of the GOP has fought to deport all of them, even the ones who are naturalized citizens. To paraphrase an old saying, not all Republicans are xenophobes, but 99 percent of xenophobes are Republicans.


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