Letters to the Editor

Preemptive War

To the Editor:

I'm shocked that the usually aggressive Flyer could be so shy about printing the truth in its editorial "The Point of No Return" (August 21st issue) -- that the Bush administration "may or may not have been guilty of lying" about the threat of a U.S. attack by Iraq.

Justification for this preemptive war was based on pictures of a skeletal trailer and a length of aluminum tubing -- both of which were "could be" evidence of mass destruction -- and two clear lies: about terrorist plotting between Saddam and al Qaeda and the story about Saddam's attempt to get fissionable materials from Africa.

The war itself proved that not only was Iraq not in a position to attack the U.S. but could not even begin to defend itself against our military. Saddam was evil but not dumb. He knew the weakness of his army, and if the infamous WMD were there, they were buried so deeply that they could not have been prepared for battle without considerable time and technical effort.

A "preemptive war"? Of course. It was based on a lie.

Jim McDearman


To the Editor:

Thank you for "The Point of No Return." I am pleased to see one newspaper, the Flyer, providing some truth concerning Prince George W's administration. The following from your editorial is worth repeating: "President Bush ... may or may not have been guilty of lying to the American public about the seriousness of the threat posed by the Iraqi dictator. Time will tell on that score. But one thing is already certain: The administration has been guilty of what may well turn out to be the most ill-conceived and incompetently executed war strategy in American history."

Many who were so jubilant over Bush after 9/11 are taking a different look now at his administration.

Hugh Frank Smith


Shut Your Mouth

To the Editor:

In Susan Harrell's food article ("Open Your Mouth," August 21st issue), she complained about having to pay a cover charge at Isaac Hayes' Music™Food™Passion. I found it ironic that she spent the day at the Stax Museum, which celebrates the musical history of Memphis, then went to a restaurant owned by Isaac Hayes which has the word "music" in its name and complained about the cover charge. She wrote about how the club was set up for an enjoyable music experience, mentioned what an "awesome" band they saw, and then complained again about paying a cover charge. A cover charge supports the live music of today.

By the way, who was that "awesome" band she saw?

A.S. Hesson


The Elephant's Trunk

To the Editor:

I recognize that there is much I do not know, so I rarely write letters to the editor. I figure I'm looking at the trunk of the elephant while others are studying the leg. But I do know that Ellen Armour is a person of integrity, thoughtful and kind. We are fortunate to have her in Memphis. What I do not know is what the Flyer intended by publishing this "splash" piece of journalism ("God and Women at Rhodes," August 7th issue).

Surely there is some integrity left in the minds of Flyer journalists. I look forward to an apology for your indecent coverage of such a painful and complicated matter.

Elaine Blanchard


The Real Truth

To the Editor:

In regard to the Flyer's story, "Eleven Minutes with Carol Johnson" (August 21st issue), I'd like to offer some good advice to the new superintendent and to the city school board: If you really want the truth about the current attitude and conditions in our schools, ask parents and students who are not hand-selected or representatives of the PTO.

Asking the staff and administration won't put you in touch with the true consumers of education. Listening to the concerns and suggestions of parents and students will provide a less biased and realistic view of the state of education in Memphis.

Grace Benz


Correction: In last week's cover story, Memphis School Board member Laura Jobe's was identified as a nurse. While Jobe was trained as a nurse, she currently serves as Sen. Lamar Alexander's Memphis field representative.

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