About Jackson Baker's cover story on Mike Matthews, "It Only Hurts When He Laughs" ...
I commend Jackson Baker for this article. Mike is a compelling enough personality by himself, but he becomes even more larger-than-life thanks to the excellent writing in this piece. Very nice work, Jackson, and welcome back, Mike. You can't keep a good Watchdog down.
Wonderful story about a real reporter with a heart and courage. As a photographer and videographer in Memphis for over 40 years, I have often found myself at news events, back in the line of cameramen and reporters. The people we all know from TV sometimes are very different off-camera. Some are not very nice. Over the years, I have seen some offensive behavior from reporters who magically transformed when they picked up a mic and stood in front of a camera. Most are not like this, but Mike Matthews is even better off camera.
He is exactly what we need on the air — and in our city: depth, truth, humility, humor, and most of all, love.
About Toby Sells' post, "MATA Hopes for May Return of Trolleys" ...
So MATA's short-term solution is returning some trolleys to service 11 months after they were supposed to be down for only three or four months? As the late Don Poier used to say, "Only in the movies, and in Memphis."
About Les Smith's column, "The Natural" ...
Right on point. I agree about Lee Harris and Berlin Boyd, too. We have too much talent in Memphis just sitting around on their hands, waiting for a chance at the plate. We shouldn't settle for another retread, no matter how great a guy he is. There is, quite simply, too much at stake. It's time for fresh people and fresh ideas.
About Bruce VanWyngarden's column, "Sammons 'R Us" ...
I'm available to take over the airport authority. I'm totally unqualified, so I can give it my full, unqualified attention.
About Bruce VanWyngarden's column, "The Museum of Terrible Ideas" ...
Surely there was a typo in the statement that the Riverfront Development Corporation put up $200,000 and got $800,000 more from the Feds to study that goofy water taxis on the river idea. If it was not a typo, what in the world are they spending the money on? Is the contractor one of the decision-maker's brother-in-law?
About Chris Davis' Viewpoint, "The 75 Percent Rule" ... I am writing on behalf of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to request a correction to the op-ed "The 75 Percent Rule," which appeared on the Memphis Flyer website on March 5th.
Specifically, the piece states: "The proposed legislation, in the long run, benefits nobody but Todd's fellow ALEC member, the Corrections Corporation of America, a private company that operates three of Tennessee's 14 prisons." This is false. CCA's non-voting membership with ALEC ended in 2010. As such, CCA is not a current member of ALEC.
Senior Manager, Public Affairs, CCA