Letters to the Editor

Bleating Heart?

To the Editor:

Sara Lewis' racism and stupidity are showing (City Reporter, August 8th issue). Her bleating about discrimination [against minority contractors] is a paranoid reactionary stunt. No business is obliged to give its best pricing to any and all who ask for bids from them.

The bid request was dishonest because the dealer was not told that two or more bidders intended to share confidential pricing info. Lewis' involvement is outside normal bid procedures and did not follow the agreed-upon rules.

Does the Flyer have only one price for advertising space? Would you provide the best price for a full-page ad from a business you had never heard of and were unable to contact for more info? Would you print that full-page ad? Not in a million years.

Mike Crone


Why Sprawl Exists

To the Editor:

Lester Graham's article "That's Sprawl, Folks!" (July 25th issue) only looks at one side of the story. Graham fails to mention or admit some of the main reasons people move to the suburbs: crime, bad schools, low property values, high insurance rates, etc. [in the city]. With a regressive tax system that forces people who live in the county to pay for city schools, it's a matter of time before people start moving out of the county entirely. Yes, most of those people living in $500,000 houses probably send their kids to private schools, but most of the rest of us don't. I believe in public education as long as parents are disciplining their kids at home and not sending a bunch of thugs to class.

We are also paying for crime that doesn't occur in our suburbs; we are paying for jails that house mainly city residents; we are paying for health insurance that we can't use; we are paying higher auto-insurance rates because of many city residents who don't buy insurance at all; we are paying for daycare because of illegitimate parents. The list goes on and on. Yeah, Mr. Graham, other people may pay for our trip to the suburbs, but I guarantee you it is offset 10 to one by the extra costs we pay in taxes, insurance rates, etc.

Jim Weatherly



To the Editor:

In response to Lisa C. McLeroy's letter (August 8th issue) about the review of the show My Way: A Musical Tribute To Frank Sinatra, I would like to clear the air about several items of misinformation.

As a cast member of the show, I feel I have the wherewithal to respond to McLeroy's statement about the lack of the "spirit of the original performer." In the show's libretto and character descriptions, the two men who conceived the show wrote that the production should never do "any sort of physical or vocal imitation" of Sinatra.

As for the allegation of "repeat" casting: Had McLeroy read her program carefully, she would have seen that three of the seven cast members, as well as the music director, were making their Theater Memphis debuts. Of the seven cast members, none had ever been directed by director Kevin Shaw. How does this constitute repeat casting?

Sour grapes, Ms. McLeroy?

Chris Nemec



To the Editor:

Jim Rout and son both claim to be Republicans, but they both visibly supported Democrats in the county elections (Politics, August 1st issue). The local GOP should do some housecleaning. In C.I.A. lingo, the word "mole" seems to be appropriate here.

Or in other words: "Show me the arena money!"

Joe Mercer


Lukewarm Catholics?

To the Editor:

Because of the recent sexual scandals ("Father Figures," July 18th issue), Catholics have basically split into two camps. One side attempts to censor those who seek the truth, continues to accept the lukewarm spiritual state of the church, and excuses, defends, or sympathizes with bishops and priests regardless of their moral conduct.

The other side is aware of the need for a spiritual renewal in a church that has learned to tolerate scandal and deny the existence of grave sins on the part of her shepherds.

As a Catholic, I believe scandal will continue to exist in today's church because, for most bishops and priests, holiness has been replaced by worldliness.

Vincent Bemowski

Menasha, Wisconsin

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