About the editorial, "The Whirlwind" ...
I get the correlation between "Christianist" and "jihadist," suddenly. But if you're going to press the analogy, you'll need someone other than Robert Dear. The jihadists whose pictures appear in the media don't look like they've spent their lives away from church in a trailer in the woods.
Those who are concerned about youngsters growing up inundated virtually 24/7 by violent video games, violent movies, violent TV shows, violent music lyrics, violent comic books, violent sports, and excuses for violent crime are ridiculed.
The owners of this country want those violent games, movies, TV, etc., promulgated. Helps recruit and inure to the idea of killing their armed forces who defend their global interests, er, our country.
We've got a problem, America! The NRA says it's people who kill people. It's bullets fired from guns that actually do the killing and rip a person's body to shreds. You don't know where the next attack or rampage is going to occur, but you can be sure it is going to involve guns.
Republicans have created hundreds of new laws that restrict and reduce access to abortions around the country. So why can't they create even one new law to alleviate the madness that is gripping the country. Why do Republicans continue to block gun legislation when surveys show that Americans support stricter laws on guns? Follow the money.
About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter From the Editor, "The Cocksure Candidate" ...
Trump is just the online comment sections in human form. Unfortunately, he is now running for president.
Who cares how he got his money or whether he can dunk a ball or hang by his hair from the Brooklyn Bridge. He is beyond unqualified, and his popularity evidences America's huge, bloated underbelly.
The Trump joke is on us: a) scion of a moneyed and connected family; b) Ivy League B-school product; c) second-generation wealth via speculation (Manhattan real estate); d) more wealth via avarice (casinos); e) circus (reality TV star).
All the while, he presents himself as a "populist." Only in America!
About Kenneth Neill's Viewpoint, "Damned Statistics" ...
Implying that the City of Memphis and the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area are congruent is just wrong. Using it to try and make the point that Memphis is safer is dishonest. Perhaps the city is safer. If so, use an apples-to-apples comparison to demonstrate it.
I think the city has many positive aspects. It could be a great city. However the negative aspects overwhelm the positive aspects. It isn't an either/or proposition. You may wish it so. You may demand it so. You may imply anything you like. Reality, on the other hand, remains.
About Bianca Phillips' story, "Majority of Uninsured Tennesseans Live in Shelby County" ...
If you look at the Tennessee legislature, you'll see that approximately 75 percent of Democrats in the House and Senate are black people from Shelby County. 15 percent are old-school, white Southern Democrats from Nashville, and the last 10 percent are black people not from Memphis, with the occasional oddball Democrat from the middle of nowhere.
That tells you all you need to know about why the state suppresses Memphis and Shelby County. If I was a Republican who viewed Democrats as the enemy, keeping a foot on the neck of Memphis would be my first step toward maintaining Republican control of Tennessee.
Well, that explains why our legislators don't want to expand Medicare. Anything that helps Shelby County is going to be at the bottom of their list.