To the Editor:

How relieved I was to see Chris Davis temper what at first seemed to be a wearisome, misguided tirade against downtown revitalization ("And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street," November 8th issue). The final paragraph reveals the reality that there really is nowhere to go but up for that neglected little alley. From the back door of my office on South Main I can see Mulberry Street, the Lorraine Motel, and lonely Jacqueline Smith on her sofa. It has been decades since Mulberry was the vibrant, integrated community that Smith seems to remember it being. Today it is one small brick tenement, three shotgun houses, and a Victorian boarding house -- small architectural and cultural treasures which would have been left to crumble into dust without the efforts of a few far-sighted pioneers. I'm not a proponent of evicting hard-working residents, but I could count Mulberry's residents on one hand, and their new digs sound far superior to what they have now.

David Royer, Memphis

Great Editorial

To the Editor:

Thank you for "Full Circle," a truly great editorial (November 8th issue), in which you pointed out that Jacqueline Smith's argument is with "the way in which that project of honoring the martyr, his memory, and his mission have been carried out."

And how did Dr. King want to be remembered? He made that clear at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on February 4, 1968, when he said: "Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. Say that I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter ... I just want to leave a committed life behind."

He did just that. But is everyone involved in the National Civil Rights Museum complying with the wishes Dr. King expressed two months before he was assassinated in Memphis?

Arthur Prince, Memphis

Don't Tread On My SUV!

To the Editor:

Why doesn't Michael Conway go ahead and hurl (Postscript, November 1st issue)? Maybe that would make his little tree-hugging ACLU heart feel better. Americans can help in many ways, including giving blood and saving energy, and still wave the flag. Most Americans feel it is about time that we came together to show that we still believe in our country. We can wave the flag, drive the biggest gas-guzzling SUV we can afford, and do all the other things Conway feels we shouldn't, because the price for this liberty was paid long ago by those who fought and gave their lives so we could live as we please.

Is Conway so sheltered that he believes the people he is trying not to offend give a crap about what we Americans think? Their religious fanaticism is the cause of the world's problems today. These people would destroy us while we feed them, give them medical attention, and financially stabilize their country.

So, Mr. Conway, let the rockets' red glare and the bombs bursting in air show all these people, including you and others like you, that we are a proud, brave country that respects different religious beliefs and thoughts. But no one damn well better come over here trying to destroy the way we live! Americans, keep the flags waving!!!

Keith T. Haynes, Memphis

Coldwater Is Cool

To the Editor:

Regarding the article "The Last White Queen" (October 25th issue): As a former resident of Coldwater, Mississippi, for 13 years, I'd like to ask how the writers could compare the town to a "truck stop," when the nearest truck stop is seven miles south of Coldwater. Coldwater is a very nice college community -- much like Mayberry -- with a lot of good, hard-working, family people. It's not a "blue-collar afterthought."

I was disappointed in your description, but I do enjoy reading your newspaper since I've moved closer to Memphis.

Mary Cossey Beasley, Southaven

Pakistan Nukes

To the Editor:

General Musharraf of Pakistan holds a nuclear bomb perched on top of a house of cards caught in the vortex of our "War Against Terrorism." He wants the war to be short and sharp so that he can protect his nukes. The rickety structure of Pakistan has been eaten away by the jehadi elements in its military, intelligence, and politics. The jehadi forces in Pakistan -- for decades funded by our "ally" Saudi Arabia -- are well entrenched, and they actively hate us.

As long as Pakistan has nuclear weapons, the U.S. will have to keep an eye on them and be ready to act. We can never dare to rest assured that the Pakistani nukes will not fall into the wrong hands. After all, they themselves proudly describe it as the Islamic bomb! Any aid and support by the United States to a general or two in Pakistan will only delay the inevitable.

Mac Kher, Bloomington, Illinois

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