Letters to the Editor

Beach Bashing?

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to several comments that Bianca Phillips made in her recent article regarding my club, South Beach ("Miami Vice," June 19th issue).

South Beach has a strictly enforced and nondiscriminatory dress code that is posted on the front door. As Phillips stated, the club doesn't cater to any particular crowd but to "folks of all colors, shapes, and sizes." That, to me, is a good thing. As to her comments about the dancing, she failed to mention that South Beach has a new, improved hardwood dance floor that is large enough to handle a wide range of dancing styles and tastes.

Now a word about Bloody Marys: If Phillips prefers spicy Bloody Marys, she should communicate this to her server in advance.Bartenders will not make it spicy unless the customer requests it that way.

And why was she surprised that we serve "pub grub"? She was in a club!She should go back to Midtown if she's looking for a vegan menu. I feel that she used her article to get back at the club for refusing to allow "her escort" inside. I'm sure not everyone from Arkansas is as vindictive as Phillips. Shame on your paper for allowing her to bash a nice place to dance and party.

Cal Millner



To the Editor:

The "Fly on the Wall" column in your June 19th issue went amiss in several particulars.

First, because people at AScribe Newswire told gun dealers that they were buying a gun for someone other than themselves, the writer concluded that the dealers were willing to sell guns to persons who planned to give them to felons. The fact that said caller told the gun dealers that their boy/girlfriend really "needs it" seems to have been proof positive of this evil intent. His conclusion doesn't necessarily follow.

The most logical conclusion to be drawn is that said friend was not a felon but merely some innocent soul who needed a gun to protect himself. Surely, your writer doesn't deny such people or their loved ones the right to self-defense. Surely, your writer knows that a Department of Justice study concluded that the single most effective means of coming out of an encounter with an attacker alive is to defend yourself with a gun, and that is true whether or not the attacker is armed with a gun.

Your writer doesn't know the first thing about the subject matter. If he did, he'd know that the Second Amendment protects the right of people to "keep and bear arms" for self-defense. Finally, he'd know that, although we may not like it, the Constitution prohibits denying the right to keep and bear arms to convicted felons. What is constitutional and what we like are not always the same thing.

William T. Mitchell


Just Retribution

To the Editor:

When I wrote "Parked in Traffic" (June 5th issue), I assumed it would be obvious to everyone that it was a tongue-in-cheek look at an admittedly trivial but bothersome daily problem for myself and 60,000 or so other people who bear the same commute. It seems that this fact eluded Gil Hayes (Letters, June 19th issue), along with the real point of the article, which he inadvertently made again with his letter -- that any inconvenience suffered by suburban deserters is considered nothing more than just retribution by many of those inside the 240 loop.

There is, of course, no real defense for the unpardonable choice I and my fellow suburbanites made, but I would beg you to consider this: Much of the latticework of asphalt we call Memphis proper was "greenspace" (whiner-speak for cotton and bean fields) when I was born. The reason the current arrangement is so livable and, apparently, smugly self-satisfying is that the planning commission and zoning board of half a century ago didn't allow the ONLY road to your house to become a retailing combat zone. Any remedy we try now is certainly a poor substitute for adequate planning in the 1980s, but something must and will be done, in spite of Hayes' heroic willingness to endure the suffering of others.

Dan Johnson


Accurate Diagnosis

To the Editor:

In "'Real' Memphis" (Viewpoint, June 19th issue), Mary Cashiola wrote that "Robin ... complained about having to get a bikini wax, about getting her hair dyed, having to work out, doing a photo shoot with a snake, and so on ... "

That caused me to recall what the late William Ernest Hocking wrote in his Types of Philosophy: "Anyone can complain; but to see precisely what is wrong is a gift. Accurate diagnosis comes from a unique power of vision and indicates the likelihood of an equally unique capacity to remedy the fault."

Mary Cashiola has both.

Arthur H. Prince


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