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Best of Memphis
A friend said to me that he thought the Flyer's "Best of Memphis" winners (October 4th issue) were always the same, year after year. I went through the issue to see if he was right. After doing so, I would say he was half-right.
Yes, there are lots of longtime winners, like Pete and Sam's, Huey's, Molly's, Geoff Calkins, etc., but I was struck at how many new winners there were. Some were places I'd never heard of or been to, like Crazy Beautiful and Alchemy. I thought it was an interesting issue and not at all repetitive.
Chris Miller

Congrats on your big, fat "Best of Memphis" issue. If nothing else, after reading all the winners and seeing all the ads, it appears the recession may be over.
Linda Gallagher

Really, Memphis? Pete and Sam's, "Best Italian Food"? Huey's, "Best Hamburger"? North Mississippi Allstars, "Best Band"? The year 2000 called. They want their winners back.
C.B. Jefferson
Olive Branch, Mississippi

GOP Economics
In Mitt Romney's economic plan, he promises to cut taxes and spend more on defense but still promises to balance the budget. This is what Ronald Reagan promised when he became president. 
The national debt almost tripled under Reagan. Under George H.W. Bush, it doubled. Under George W. Bush, it increased from around $6 trillion to $11 trillion. Like Reagan, both Bushes promised fiscal responsibility, but like him, neither one ever submitted a balanced budget to Congress.
The national debt increased slightly under President Clinton, from $4.4 trillion to $5.8 trillion, a much smaller $1.4 trillion increase, because Clinton sent budgets with surpluses four times to Congress.
The country was left with a dangerously high national debt when President Obama took office, mainly due to the policies of his Republican predecessors. Now, all conservatives want to blame Obama for it.
Like his Republican predecessors, Romney offers an economic plan that does not add up. There is nothing he has said or done that makes me believe that his policies would not add trillions to our national debt. I believe that the economy will continue to recover under Obama and that it will eventually boom again. I trust him more than Romney and the Republicans, considering the three previous Republican presidents' track records and Romney's promises.
Philip Williams

An Aussie Idea
A U.S. immigration ruling has caused me to have to leave my Cooper-Young hangout for a few months for my native Australia. That means no soul food, fried chicken, Mexican, or barbecue for a while. But Australian "hawker" corner venues offer a range of Vietnamese, Thai, French, Indian, vegan, and most other food Americans could imagine.
These small food malls are mostly in remodeled buildings and have upwards of 12 food stalls. They feature shared tables in a communal atmosphere. Most meals cost around $12 with no tax and no tipping. You just line up, make a selection, and you're soon dining with friends.
Memphis entrepreneurs should look into starting something like this. It features low operating costs for stall owners and a great way to meet and greet the chef who makes your food.
Ted Norman
Fannie Bay NT

The Debate
Well, the pundits have spoken, and Mitt Romney was declared the winner in the first presidential debate. I have to agree, but I don't have to like it. The bigger question is, will Americans trust him to be president?
Romney claims to believe in America and yet he invests his own millions in foreign banks to escape taxes here at home.
We now know that while at Bain Capital, he invested in a Chinese company that only hired young women — a government company with razor wire and guard towers that forced workers to live 10 to a room while being paid next to nothing. Bain — and Mitt — made a tidy profit when they sold their investment, an example of profit over human rights.   
Jack Bishop

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