Letters to the Editor 

Father Tim?

I love Tim Sampson and I want to have his baby! (Okay, I'm lying about the baby part.) But I think Sampson has been one of the most entertaining writers in Memphis for years. (Many of your readers may not realize just what an integral part Sampson played in the start-up of the Flyer nearly 20 years ago.) To read one of his "rants" while sipping a drink is risky, as it can easily result in a dangerous choking incident or the embarrassing spewing of beer, coffee, etc. through the nose. Besides, how could you not love a guy who sleeps with the TV on and a kitten on his head? Sandy WardMemphis

Darker Reason?

I have two sons at White Station High School, so I am concerned about the costs of their college education. Congress keeps passing tax cuts during a time of war and massive deficit spending. Billions were cut from the budget for student financial aid/loans and Pell Grants. President Bush said, "If we ensure that America's children succeed in life, they will ensure that America succeeds in the world."

But how can they succeed when they cannot afford college without financial assistance? I think a darker reason was behind the cuts in student loans: the war in Iraq and the low armed-services enlistment numbers. By cutting student loans, the president is trying to force America's youth to enlist, so their college will be paid for (if they survive).

In the upcoming elections, we must vote to toss out the officials who have supported the unending war in Iraq, budget deficits, tax cuts for the rich, and the lack of oversight for all of this spending, spying, and lying. I'm not the only parent who wants her children to get a college education. I'm just fortunate that they will not have to risk their lives to get one.Kelly JacobsMemphis

Conservative Conscience?

Thanks for printing the scathing comments of yet another conservative Republican who has had it with the dishonesty and hubris of the Bush administration (Viewpoint, February 2nd issue). Paul Craig Roberts was assistant secretary of the treasury under Reagan and an associate editor at the ultraconservative Wall Street Journal. But, unfortunately for the Shrub, Roberts appears to have a conscience.

Roberts thus joins a widening chorus of Republicans who are speaking out against the unethical and unlawful behavior of Bush and his cronies. Just recently, another prominent Republican, Larry Wilkerson (a decorated war hero, war college professor, and former chief of staff for Colin Powell) offered this sobering summation: "As a teacher who's studied every administration since 1945, I think this is probably the worst ineptitude in governance, decision-making, and leadership I've seen in 50-plus years."

Principled Republicans like Senator John McCain are leading efforts to stop the administration from torturing prisoners and illegally spying on American citizens. Increasingly, Bush is recognized as a miserable failure even by many people who voted for him. When Bush can count on support only from the likes of Fox News and right-wing radio, he is toast.B. Keith EnglishMemphis

New Law School

The University of Memphis hopes to get $41 million to provide a new home for the law school at the Customs House and post office downtown. A beautiful old building. A great idea.

But has anyone figured out how they will provide parking for the 500 students, faculty, and staff?

David F. Diamond



President Bush's abuses of presidential power are the most extensive in American history. The danger is not abstract or merely symbolic. There is a name for a system of government that wages aggressive war, deceives its citizens, violates their rights, rejects judicial and legislative checks on itself, claims power without limit, tortures prisoners, and acts in secret. It is called a dictatorship.

We need men and women of courage in Congress -- Republicans and Democrats -- who will rise up and call this by its proper name. Do they not realize what they are giving away?

Frank Todd




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