Letters to the Editor

Stax Note

To the Editor:

For those who missed the performance of the Stax Music Academy students last week, I am truly sorry ("Stax," April 24th issue). It was inspiring to witness the children command the stage with a confidence and proficiency that rivaled that of some of the week's veteran performers. All those involved in the mentoring of the Soulsville youth can rest well in the knowledge that they are truly doing noble work. It is safe to say that the Stax musical legacy lives on.

Clint McEwen


Are Visual Arts Next?

To the Editor:

Thank you for the Music Issue (May 1st issue), which expanded on the three or four sections of the Flyer normally devoted to music. When can we expect the Visual Arts Issue?

Elizabeth Alley


Pravda Returns

To the Editor:

Unmitigated gall. Is there any other way for future generations and historians to view the made-for-TV spectacle that took place on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln last week?

A soldier who does not show up for duty during wartime for up to 30 days is AWOL. A soldier who does not show up for duty for more than 30 days is a deserter. It's been officially documented that in 1972 and 1973 George Bush did not show up for duty for almost a year, while his fellow soldiers died in the Vietnam War. I wonder what kind of reception Bush would have gotten on that aircraft carrier had those sailors and soldiers known that he deserted?

They don't know because Pravda has been reborn with shiny new names -- CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox, and Clear Channel (Media, April 24th issue).

Now Bush wants to give $550 billion in tax cuts to corporations to create 1 million jobs? Do the math! That's over 500,000 tax dollars to corporations per job! What a racket! Again, not one peep from Pravda. Why? Do the math.

David Singelyn

Warner Springs, California

Hang Michael Donahue?

To the Editor:

Matthew Hrutkay has apparently flown right through the forest and not seen a tree (Letters, April 24th issue). Were he to look beyond the pictures in Elite Memphis magazine, he would notice that the vast majority of "exploits" they cover are charitable in nature: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Jude, Alzheimer's, Porter-Leath, Special Kids, Race for the Cure, etc. I feel certain their coverage of these events helps to publicize them and therefore raise more money for the causes involved. In addition, many of the people of whom he is so critical have also given of their time and energy to support these causes.

The "elitist" reference must be taken with a grain of salt. Some people like to revel in their vanity -- so be it, as long as they contribute generously to these worthy causes. However, I do not believe most of the people pictured in Elite take themselves as seriously as Hrutkay perceives. Certainly, they are not the bêtes noires he paints them to be.

Maybe after we eliminate Elite Memphis, we could destroy RSVP, delete "We Saw You" from the Flyer, and hang Michael Donahue.

Johnny Pritchard


Citizen Herenton

To the Editor:

Thank you for "Citizen Herenton" (Editorial, April 24th issue).

You concluded that "... his voice needs to be heard as often as possible." But please never forget that there is the right not to listen to him, to me, to you, or to whomever may be!

The words of William Ernest Hocking in Freedom of the Press: A Framework of Principle come to mind: "The speaker has the right to compel a hearing; there could be no right of free speech if there were not a corresponding right not to listen. It would hardly do to make speech free and listening compulsory, though that might be the speaker's dream."

Arthur Prince


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