Letters to the Editor 

Who's Tops?

In the Flyer article that compared the barbecue sandwiches among Memphis' prominent barbecue restaurants ("King of 'Cue," May 13th issue), I noticed one establishment wasn't included in the paper's comparison: Tops, one of the most popular barbecue joints in the city.

Not including Tops' barbecue sandwich in the Flyer's comparison is like comparing Hollywood's hottest actresses and not including Angelina Jolie. Most of the people I know tend to eat Tops' barbecue sandwiches more often than from any of the restaurants mentioned in the article (which is probably due to the numerous restaurants that Tops has in greater Memphis).

I believe if the Flyer's barbecue sandwich comparison was based on a survey among Memphis residents, I'm confident that Tops would fare quite well. In the future, I hope the Flyer staff doesn't make similar obvious omissions when comparing other Memphis-based products and/or services.

Ken Rogers


Editor's note: For the record, in the Flyer's 2009 Best of Memphis readers' poll, the winners for best barbecue were 1) Central BBQ, 2) Corky's, and 3) the Bar-B-Que Shop.

NRA Whore

First of all, let me say I love Memphis and would rather live there than Aurora, Colorado, where I live now. Here is the solution to your "NRA whore" problem. Send all your NRA whore government representatives to Colorado, and we will send all our anti-NRA government representatives to Tennessee. But I may change my desire to live in Memphis after the swap.

Come on, you idiot [Bruce VanWyngarden]. The violent crime rate for Memphis is through the roof! Concealed weapons haven't made a dent in bringing your crime rate down nor have they caused the crime rate to go up! Law-abiding citizens who "pack" obey the law! I think your gun laws in Tennessee are some of the best in the nation.

Israel's former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel." If the criminals in Memphis put down their weapons today, will you, Mr. Editor, guarantee the citizens of Memphis there will be no more gun violence? Let me answer that as a whore of the NRA: Memphis, if you put down your weapons today, there will be no more Memphis!

Will you print this, Mr. Editor? Got balls?

William E. Goetsch

Aurora, Colorado

Rand Paul and the Tea Party

Tea Party candidate Rand Paul won the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky. Tea Party patriots all sound pretty much the same. Most letters to the editor from Tea Partiers sound like Glenn Beck, Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh regurgitation. They use the same worn-out sound bites.

Case in point: They say the U.S. economy is on the verge of collapse, going down the tubes. Just the opposite is true. Business is picking up. Obama's stimulus plan is working. GM paid back its bailout money five years early and will most certainly buy back the government's 63 percent ownership in the company. Last month saw a major jump in job numbers.

Tea Party activists throw in the obligatory "loss of liberties" to prove their upside-down worldview. What loss of liberties are they talking about?

Tea Partiers can still write their tripe in any newspaper in America, vote, and demonstrate. Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin are still making scads of money and spewing out their nonsensical drivel. I continually push the limits, and I still have the same liberties I had 20 years ago.

These Johnny-come-latelys rant "we want our country back." Why? So they can give it back to the Bush-Cheney crowd? What a joke these Tea Partiers are.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City, California

Oh, Nothing

I understand the followers of Islam are pitching fits over the "Draw Muhammad Day" movements on Facebook and YouTube. Please join me in a much bigger protest against these insensitive sites.

We atheists have been ignored too long, and most of the members of those sites are drawing nothing! That is deeply offensive to us.

William R. James

Lake Cormorant, Mississippi

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