Horizontal Heavyweights

To the Editor:

So what's a middle-aged Englishman from leafy Cheshire doing visiting the Memphis Flyer Web site? Well, I've been watching boxing all my life. I remember the young Cassius Clay and when Britain's Henry Cooper knocked him down, only to be beaten by eye injuries. I've seen a lifetime of horizontal British heavyweights -- apart from good old Frank Bruno who did his best but still was wiped out by Tyson. Now, at long last, the world has seen this foul-mouthed, psychopath sex offender on his back, pouring with blood.

Argentina the other day; Tyson today. Merry old England is a bit merrier than usual at the moment!

Tony Gayle

Cheshire, England

Bryant's the Man

To the Editor:

U.S. Senate candidate Lamar Alexander, in a speech made at his headquarters' opening on Poplar Saturday, June 1st, stated, "Tennessee is not a Republican state."

Lamar's blanket statement provides the impression that he is unaware of Tennessee's political landscape since 1994 and the conservative ideological shift in the voting base. No Democrat has won a major statewide office since 1990, with the exception of Sara Kyle's 1994 election to the Public Service Commission, which is now defunct. Republicans have controlled both U.S. Senate seats and the governor's office since 1994. In that time, Republicans have held five of nine congressional seats. Democratic candidates have failed to secure 40 percent of the vote in many of the past few statewide elections. Significantly, Tennessee voters rejected native son Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election.

Tennessee's Republican voting base has become much more conservative than when the moderate Alexander was last elected governor 20 years ago. Ed Bryant, with his very conservative voting record as the 7th District congressman, represents this conservatism.

Lamar's moderate conservatism, including his one-time support for an income tax and support for an assault-weapons ban in his 2000 run for president, is out of touch with many voters. Ed Bryant is the right man to fill the void left by U.S. Senator Fred Thompson.

Drew Daniel


Praise For Yellin

To the Editor:

Thank you for "David Yellin," a meaningful, beautifully written editorial (June 6th issue), in which you observed, "Always, David Yellin inspired people to keep talking."

It caused me to recall the words of William Faulkner, who, upon receiving the Nobel Prize, sounded this article of faith: "It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure: that when the last dingdong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. ... [N]ot because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion ... ."

Arthur Prince


Crone Should Go

To the Editor:

Shelby County Republican chairman Alan Crone should resign after the August 1st election for his "sour" remarks after the May 7th primary concerning the victory of Dr. George Flinn over state Rep. Larry Scroggs for Shelby County mayor (Politics, May 30th issue).

In fact, the entire leadership of the Shelby County Republican party needs to be replaced. Crone and other liberal Republicans have been repudiated at the voting booth. The chairman of a political party must have the support of the rank and file, the grassroots of the party. Disunity in a close election could cost the loss of a county commission seat or even that of county mayor.

Chas. S. Peete


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