Props to Dave

To the Editor:

Thanks to Jackson Baker for giving veteran broadcaster Dave Black his props (Viewpoint, August 23rd issue). As a fan of radio, I know a great voice when I hear it and Dave was the only person I know who could make a farm report so interesting and funny that I would tune in just to hear it.

I'd like to add to the list of survivors of Mr. Black: Milo must be beside himself with grief. His regular listeners know who I'm talking about.

Thanks for the good radio, Dave.

Jeff Golightly


Even Sillier?

To the Editor:

In his letter to the editor in the August 16th issue of the Flyer, Peter Gathje made the following point about CBU's decision to prohibit Rev. James Lawson from speaking at the Pax Christi meeting scheduled for the CBU campus: "It is silly to hold that Rev. Lawson would be an appropriate keynote speaker. It would be akin to the Sierra Club having as a keynote speaker for its national meeting someone who advocates drilling for oil in the Alaska national wildlife refuge."

I would like to point out that it is even sillier to compare limited-agenda organizations such as Pax Christi and the Sierra Club with a university, where free and open discussion of ideas and issues is supposed to occur.

Ray W. Brown


Mud Island Flop

To the Editor:

I enjoyed John Branston's "Down By The Riverside" (Cover story, August 23rd issue) about the big plans that the RDC has for Mud Island. One problem though: The cover photo was "backwards." How could I tell? For starters, the Mud Island Amphitheatre is south of the DeSoto bridge, not north of it. My working assumption here is that the photo was taken on the Tennessee side because Arkansas doesn't have any high-rise buildings on the Mississippi River from which to pose.

Be careful, Flyer, your readers do notice the small details.

Mark McKee


Editor's note: Last week's cover photo was inadvertently "flopped" during the production process. Thanks to reader McKee (and several others) for pointing out the error.

Not Priscilla Fans?

To the Editor:

The real reason the Church of Scientology has not tried to proselytize Elvis fans with a high regard for Priscilla or Lisa Marie ("Elvis and Scientology," August 8th issue) is that so far they haven't been able to find any.

David Sweeney



To the Editor:

Bravo from those of us in the ED at Methodist Central! Someone finally understands the impact closing Baptist Central had on the downtown area ("No Room At the ER," August 8th issue)! The nurses and doctors work hard to deliver the best possible care to every patient who walks or rolls through the doors. Unfortunately, we often feel defeated at that task. Not only did Baptist move its hundreds of beds out east, it also eliminated hundreds more when it closed St. Joseph. So not one but two downtown hospitals have closed and/or moved in less than three years.

This is the story the hidden cameras in the waiting room don't show. Ambulances wait. Walk-ins wait. Hospitals go on diversion status just to keep from drowning. Stretchers quickly become filled and we do the best we can to take care of those patients abandoned by the big hospital down the street.

The nurses and doctors appreciate what Rebekah Gleaves wrote and her understanding. Not everyone can see the big picture and often we are the bad guys because of this. Thank you so much for hearing what we have been saying all along.

Shannon Martin, RN



To the Editor:

The issue of overworked Americans ("The Overworked American," August 23rd issue) has more long-term implications than lost productivity. Our system relies on mass productivity rather than efficient productivity. Americans who work 60 hours a week have no time to socialize with their families, much less monitor information sources. Our democracy is undermined by an uninformed or misinformed citizenry.

This gives rise to corporate domination through advertising and marketing and a de-emphasis on the nuclear family. The nuclear family is now subservient to the bottom line of corporations.

Ran W. Foster

Green Party of Shelby County

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