Letters To the Editor

Apple Talk

To the Editor:

On behalf of all us here in Germantown, thanks to those from Memphis and Little Rock for your comments of love and tolerance (Letters To the Editor, October 18th issue), including "[Germantown is] just another joke for the rest of us to laugh at derisively" and "Germantown, a suburb I'd like to see burn ... ."

Like many here in Germantown, I feel our sign ordinances and related regulations are too stringent on occasion, but we've seen what's happened to Memphis, once known as one of America's cleanest cities. Drive down Summer Avenue or Winchester Road. Most of us here in Germantown are very willing to live with our restrictions. If newcomers like Apple want to be viewed as good neighbors, they should too. Otherwise, they can rent space over at the "Mall of Murder" or in some other great Memphis neighborhood.

If you wish to use an Apple product, despite what a clear majority of the rest of the world uses, more power to you. But, as chronicled in a recent Commercial Appeal article, Apple Computer came to Germantown and acted like Mrs. Drysdale dealing with the Clampett family. I don't think I want a computer product from a company whose executives simply can't or won't understand the phrase "no signs with internal illumination."

Herbert E. Kook Jr.


To the Editor:

Since David Dawson was so successful in infuriating the Apple Computer apparatchiks with his relatively innocuous article ("Sign of the Times," October 11th issue), I suggest goring another ox by taking on the Confederate battle flag next.

Oops, maybe that's not such a good idea after all.

Michael K. Jones


Editor's note: See page 17 for Dawson's latest fact-filled report from the front lines.

Liberal Dose

To the Editor:

Regarding Keith Alexander's tirade on liberals being the entire reason education is falling apart in our city (Letters To the Editor, October 18th issue): Let me use real small words. Pointing fingers is a no-no. Regardless of where you send [your children], it is your responsibility to instill in them a voracity -- oops, smaller word -- hunger for knowledge. Education is not just handed to you. Public school teachers bust their humps every day trying to control loud, uninterested, and disrespectful students, trying to reach the handful of kids who actually want to be there.

Considering that you're in Southaven, you either just want everybody to know how evil liberals are or are just another example of white flight. Maybe you should consider homeschooling. Or maybe you could vent your opinions in one of your own state's papers and not sully our eyes with them.

Grace Hensley


More Sports

To the Editor:

As I do every Wednesday, I picked up a copy of The Memphis Flyer last week during my lunch hour. I was looking forward to reading about the University of Memphis football team's road win at Houston. The team scored more points in a game since a win against Tulane ten years ago. This followed a week in which the team beat Southern Mississippi for the first time in eight attempts. However, for the second week in a row, I was disappointed to find no story about the Tigers.

I have always enjoyed reading your paper's views on the Tigers, and I am very excited about the Grizzlies' move to Memphis. In fact, I am a Grizzlies season-ticket holder. I do feel, however, that preseason basketball stories should not take priority two weeks in a row over big wins for the Tigers.

I hope that you will consider expanding the sports section in order to avoid this type of omission in the future. With the improvement of the Tigers football team and the expected success of John Calipari's basketball team this season, I'm sure there will be many weeks in which there will be multiple worthy stories on which to report.

Ross A. Boswell


Editor's note: A great idea. See our newly expanded sports section on page 14.

Correction: It was reported in last week's issue that the play Vanish Code was opening at TheatreWorks on October 18th. The play doesn't open until May 30, 2002.

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