Ear, Ear

To the Editor:

It was shocking to see the state of Tennessee grant a boxing license to the ear-biting rapist Mike Tyson and to see the ludicrous pandering for him to come fight here (City Reporter, March 7th issue). Have some people lost their minds? It's all about the money because no one appears concerned about the disrespect and violence he shows toward women. If Nevada won't grant him a boxing license, we shouldn't either. This state will reap more money from the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death this year than anything that rapist will do.

Paula F. Casey


Tale Of Two Cities

To the Editor:

If the Flyer is going to start reporting on events taking place in the world beyond Cordova, its reporters should bone up on their geography. In the cover story "Conspiracy Theories" (March 7th issue), Rebekah Gleaves wrote that recently deceased microbiologist Vladimir Pasechnik was "once in charge of the Institute of Ultra Pure Biochemical Preparations, first in St. Petersburg and later in Leningrad." The two cities are one and the same, Leningrad having resumed its original name in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet government.

As to the real thrust of the article, I did find it curious that so many deaths have occurred within one segment of the scientific community. It would have been more interesting, though, to fully explore more plausible theories than to try so desperately to establish some linkage between graft at the Shelby County Motor Vehicle Department and a worldwide rash of deaths among microbiologists.

Greg Belz



To the Editor:

Regarding last week's letter to the editor from Rawleigh Hartzell: Right on! I am a NARAS member, a yearly nominee/winner of Premier Player Awards, and a past NARAS board member, and I totally agree that the voting members of the Memphis chapter of NARAS are lazy about their nominations.

I once suggested at a board meeting that voting members be required to go out and listen to at least three artists/bands they have never heard before voting for nominations. Needless to say, my suggestion fell flat. In defense of many NARAS voting members, I must say that when you are a working musician it is very difficult to get out and hear other musicians.

I resigned from the NARAS board a couple of years ago because the Memphis chapter has to follow the national NARAS office's regulations, which makes it very difficult to do the Memphis Premier Player Awards properly and fairly. Jon Hornyak (Memphis chapter president) does the best he can for Memphis musicians. He and others in the Memphis chapter fought hard to have the Premier Player Awards and should not be blamed for the lack of variety in the nominations. That blame has to be laid at the feet of the hundreds of voting members.

Reba Russell

Oakland, TN

To the Editor:

The Premier Player Awards are a peer-nominated process. All 800-plus local NARAS members receive a nomination ballot and are asked to pick their top four choices in each category. The top five overall vote-getters become the final nominees. This is a relatively open process encompassing a broad cross-section of our musical community.

In my opinion, every local band or artist could potentially benefit greatly from membership in the recording academy. I would encourage everyone involved in the recording industry to join the local NARAS chapter. Perhaps with a more diverse membership base, the Premier Player Awards would more comprehensively reflect the entire spectrum of the Memphis music community.

Richard Cushing


Hmmm ...

To the Editor:

So is Nolan Richardson the "Willie Herenton of sports" or is Willie Herenton the "Nolan Richardson of politics"?

Herbert E. Kook Jr.


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