Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the Mammaries

To the Editor:

As one of the owners of Lost In Paradise, I feel that it is necessary to assure our public and all code officials that our store does not sell "outits" (Fly on the Wall, June 26th issue). Regardless of Elite Memphis' obviously extensive knowlege of such things, I'm not sure that such an item even exists. Furthermore, I will make it a store policy never to sell such things should they become a fashion in the future. Any outit-type apparel that leaves our store will have been made so strictly by the customer's own creative interpretation of how an otherwise-intended garment can be worn.

All nonsense aside, please allow me to clarify to your readers that we have a golden reputation in Memphis for carrying a variety of fine clothing for women of all ages and most sizes.

Tom Walton

Co-Owner, Lost In Paradise


Dean's Got Game

To the Editor:

I'd like to thank Jackson Baker for visiting our fund-raising party for Howard Dean, and for mentioning our event (Politics, July 3rd issue). However, I urge him to rethink his conclusion that our "spottily attended" neighborhood meeting in honor of Dr. Dean's candidacy means that his outlook in Tennessee is "marginal."

How many other candidates for president have inspired people -- ordinary, non-politico types -- to begin meeting monthly this far in advance of the primary season? How many other candidates have grassroots representatives showing up at local Democrat meetings wearing buttons, shaking hands, and talking up their candidate? How many other candidates have devoted followers who are taking the initiative to generate interest locally, without a paid staff and without direct supervision from the national organization? None but Dr. Howard Dean.

Dean's message has stirred us to get involved. Finally, we have a candidate who isn't afraid to speak his mind, who doesn't sugarcoat his message for easy digestibility, and who stands by his convictions clearly and unequivocally.

The number of Dean supporters has grown steadily since the first group of six diehards met back in February. Our July meeting boasted more than 50 people. Fifty people won't change the world, but 50 people who each talk to three or four other people can suddenly turn into a vibrant movement. And that's exactly what's happening. We are talking to our friends, writing to the papers, calling the talk shows, passing out flyers at local events, raising funds, reaching out to others who are fed up with the lies of the Bush cabal, and spreading the good news of Howard Dean to everyone who will listen. That is grassroots activity at its finest, and that's far more than any other candidate has going on. Including the incumbent.

The doctor is in. Watch out.

Brian Mott


Fire Hazards

To the Editor:

Although I do not particularly care for fireworks (Buzz Poll, July 3rd issue), I think there is a place for them. I live in Cooper-Young, where most of the houses are old and basically tinder boxes. There was a jerk down the street setting off bottle rockets and aiming them in my direction.

If one of these rockets had hit in the wrong area, the entire block could have gone up in flames.

I do not feel that people have the right to endanger lives and homes. If they want to go out in the country and shoot them, fine. But to shoot them in a tightly packed area such as Cooper-Young is extremely dangerous and should be illegal. I am not a prude or a bitch, but I don't want my car -- or my flowers -- burned.

Sandra Zepik



To the Editor:

Never again will I read your biased publication!!!!

Ran W. Foster


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