It's the Liberals!

To the Editor:

The schools in Memphis are failing ("Our Failing Schools," October 11th issue) because of liberals. It was liberals who forced busing on our reluctant population, both black and white, in the early 1970s. The will of the majority counted for nothing because liberals since the days of the French Revolution have never been reluctant to "force people to be free." More and more money is spent on the city school system every year, yet the results get worse and worse. Last year 26 Memphis schools were found deficient by the state; this year the number jumped to 64. The consequence is that people are fleeing Memphis and Shelby County for Tipton, Fayette, and DeSoto Counties.

Memphis parents of school-age children are faced with the Hobson's Choice of paying high tuition costs for private school or subjecting their children to an inferior education in a public school, unless they're fortunate enough to finagle their way into one of the handful of good public schools in Memphis. Our school system is like Humpty Dumpty: All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put it back together again.

Liberals never take responsibility for the messes they create and their solution is always the same: Spend more money and raise taxes. The solution never works. We should all keep this in mind as the pressure for a Tennessee income tax mounts.

Keith Alexander, Southaven, Mississippi

Apples Good! Dawson Bad!

To the Editor:

I read "Sign Of the Times: A meditation on Apples, lobsters, and other mind-altering substances" by David Dawson (October 11th issue) and would like to point out some factual errors.

Dawson speaks of a "giant, rainbow Apple logo." Apple's logo ceased to be rainbow-colored quite some time ago and is most commmonly graphite or white. Also, Apple's new operating system is called MacOS X (pronounced MacOS Ten). I'm not sure what the author means by "sublimal messages implanted in the Apple OS AX." A little more clarity might be in order.

In any case, this is no way to do reporting. No self-respecting publication should offer its readers such poorly researched articles and I suggest that the editors of the paper take precautions against this in the future.

Sveinbjorn Thordarson

Reykjavik, Iceland

To the Editor:

Dawson's article would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic. This collection of half-truths, errors (just what is the "Apple OS AX operating system"?), and misstatements is a poor reflection on The Memphis Flyer.

Further, Germantown is confirmed to be a polyester version of the Marin County chi-chi enclave that it so desperately wants to be. I'm sure that Germantown takes itself oh-so-seriously, but Mr. Dawson exposes it for what it really is: just another joke for the rest of us to laugh at derisively.

Jim Vander Putten, Little Rock, Arkansas

To the Editor:

I will not lower my standards to pitifully combat David Dawson's poorly written article that was designed to give Germantown, a suburb I'd like to see burn, a pat on the back and make Apple look like a fool. Any good journalist would research his stories before writing. However, you must have missed this class in journalist school. You mention what were considered "flops": Newton (ahead of its time and overpriced), Lisa (overpriced), and the icon, which is a true innovation unless you still use DOS. I'm shocked you didn't mention the G4 Cube as well. And if you cannot tell that Apple retired the rainbow-colored logo, you obviously have no grounds to even begin to start a biased column against Apple.

Because of Dawson's little rants, I refuse to treat the Flyer as a respectable news publication like I once did. I shall also insist my family and friends, most of whom live in Midtown, do the same.

And FYI, this e-mail was generated on an iBook using MS Outlook Express with MS Word 2001 running in the background and MS IE 5.0 running as well. And we have several iMacs in my family, none of which have issues with loading Microsoft applications. I think that user error should not be blamed on the computer.

Chris Browder, Memphis

To the Editor:

In response to [Dawson's] piece, I'd like to say that I don't consider myself a moron even though I'm not 100 percent sure where Saddle Creek is. I'm a resident of Northeast Mississippi who doesn't go to all the malls at the drop of a hat. However, I do think I can find it because I, unlike the average run-of-the-mill moron, do know how to read a map. I think the directions to Saddle Creek on Apple's Web site will suffice. Just give us morons from out of town the benefit of the doubt. Thanks.

J.W. Spencer, New Site, Mississippi


To the Editor:

First I have to thank your readers for voting 94.1 "The Buzz" Best FM Station in Memphis. And I thank the Flyer for putting the BOM together. I think it's a great thing for Memphis. Everybody gets a little excited when the BOM rolls around each year.

I must correct the call-letters of our radio station, though. We were listed as WMDZ but our call-letters are WMBZ. Anyway, got nothing but love for you guys and Memphis and the Mid-South. I look foward to BOM every year because our city has a lot of "bests." Peace.



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