About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter From the Editor, "Playing the Long Game" ...
I get all my news from an RSS feed covering a wide range of sources and then repost the stories that I think would be relevant to my particular list of friends and followers. I am guilty of reposting a lot of Flyer stories and hope that y'all can convince your advertisers that the ads that show up on your left sidebar are worthy of investment.
When it comes to local news, it is the Daily News that gets the second most, if not more, reposts due to Bill Dries' tireless daily reporting.
I've noticed that a lot of online news sources now require you to "click here" to continue to read an article. I assume this is done to somehow generate more ad revenue. I do hope we can figure out some way to make it work. I'd hate to see journalism die and be replaced by paid advertisements disguised as articles.
"We're not going to advertise. We're just doing social media." (Shhhh... Nobody tell them "doing social media" is advertising.)
Jen Simmons Clarke
You were a little harsh on Zuckerberg's opinion of Memphis. Surely, he must know that he may need a liver fast someday.
About Toby Sells' story "Timing of Zoo's Study Release Draws Controversy" ...
It's interesting that the Memphis Zoo, which is not a named defendant in the Open Meetings Act suit against the Memphis City Council, has filed a motion to intervene after the plantiffs' request for production of documents.
Are these legal fees really the best use of Memphis taxpayers' $4 million subsidy to the zoo? What is the zoo so afraid of coming to light? The truth, obviously. And fortunately for the citizens of Memphis (and unfortunately for certain city council members and zoo administrators), the truth always does come to light, eventually.
The end is way overdue for Memphis' unquestioning devotion to its publicly funded, yet privately managed, institutions, as well as a lot of other entities, both public and private. Good citizens ask questions. "We've always done it that way" is never the appropriate answer.
All I have to say is amen! Bring all the data to the forefront. The zoo has survived on our tax money for long enough. They gambled; they lost!
About Tim Sampson's Last Word column, "Greensward SVU" ...
I moved to Memphis for an OB/Gyn residency over 20 years ago, a biracial, West Coast-raised, East Coast-educated young doctor. I have embraced my role as a physician and neighbor in Memphis; I love this city. I am privileged in my practice to see women of all races, religions, and social situations. They all want the same things for themselves and their families: good health, the ability to provide for their children, and access to the services that a robust city offers.
Across the country, cities are focusing on the intrinsic value of parks for their citizens; this should be something that we prioritize. Many studies show the benefits of parks, both in terms of exercise and health, but also in community cohesiveness, reduction in crime, and improvement in property values.
This is not just about parking or grass. It is about the need for all of us to embrace one another and all of our glorious differences and find a way to make our city better for everyone. It is something that we can achieve. Fixing this issue will certainly not solve all of our problems, but it is a very good place to begin.
Susan Lacy MD
Co-founder: Physicians for Urban Parks