Letters to the Editor

Liberal Whining

To the Editor:

I just read more liberal whining about Bush/terrorism etc. in your Letters to the Editor column [September 11th issue]. Why isit so freaking hard for a liberal to understand that the moment the first plane hit, we were at war!? Thirty-plus years of looking the other way when terrorism struck resulted in a giant hole in the middle of New York City and a total of nearly 3,000 slaughtered Americans.

And no, the planes weren't piloted by Hussein or Iraqis. But if you people really want to pin it on a group, here's a news flash: It was MUSLIMS! I'm not saying they're all bad, but terrorism has always been committed by crazed Muslims.

Bottom line: Liberals loathe George Bush more than they want to put an end to terrorism. I guess when a liberal makes it back into the White House and Seattle is wiped off the map, then it will become necessary to do away with the evildoers.

I am so sick of hearing about it that, as horrible as it sounds,I almost wish for another large-scale attack just to shut the ignorant up for a while.

Rik Anderson


Numbing Our Sunburns?

To the Editor:

Part of my weekly Flyer ritual is scanning your We Saw You section to look for people I know. Being a native Memphian, you'd think I'd find more familiar faces. I've also scanned the pages of Elite Memphis to find that, horror of horrors, I'm apparently not elite either. At least the Flyer doesn't find it necessary to document the fashions of Memphis' "atrophy wives."

We should all get the chance to be seen numbing our sunburns with a highball but only with the promise that our teeth and the whites of our eyes will be adjusted in Photoshop to make them glow in the dark. Look, Mom, that's me in my Tigrett original just two hours before that embarrassing public vomiting episode.

Doug Blankenship


Buy Gum!

To the Editor:

The Lions of West Tennessee appreciate the free advertising in Fly on the Wall (September 11th issue) and your support for our fund-raising efforts to help the blind and visually impaired.

We regret to inform you that we do not sell gum. However, by November we will have lots of pecans -- plain, salted, chocolate, and cinnamon ones. We will be happy to deliver them and pick up your tax-deductible check. How many cases would you like?

Floyd Schriber

District Governor

Lions Clubs International

Who's Stealing From Whom?

To the Editor:

As a Memphis musician, I have paid close attention to the arguments surrounding the file-sharing controversy and the suits filed by the industry. The RIAA [Recording Industry Association of America] says that they are acting on my behalf. I own publishing rights to several songs and receive regular, if dinky, royalty checks. But I feel used when RIAA holds artists up as the victims here.

Artists have been victims of industry practices for years. Industry deals tend to want all your publishing rights in exchange for advances that are recoupable from sales. That means for all your earning potential, they give you what is effectively an accounts-receivable entry on their books. Thanks.

Then, if you don't sell millions of copies, they stop distributing and promoting your music. Recouping advance money (money used to pay a fraction of rent, studio time and personnel, instruments and touring expenses) gets real hard when they block you out of their distribution and marketing efforts. And just because they won't market or sell your product does not mean that you can: They own it now.

So the only records that get made and promoted are the J. Lowest common denominator. Artists, who create music for its own sake, as opposed to craftsmen, who make a product to sell, are pushed aside. The industry makes its own product (boy bands, blond teeny-boppers, and spooky, rebellion-fodder idiots like Eminem). They do this at the expense of real artists, like local heroes the Reigning Sound, Tyler Keith, and the Oblivians. Those are the artists. They are systematically shunned by the industry. Thank God. Leave the good stuff alone. Just don't invoke their glory to sell trash to teens who don't know better.

So let's at least be honest here. Stealing is stealing. But the people being stolen from are L.A.-based jackals who want to use amoral but legal profits to browbeat their consumers into not paying attention to how the artists really get robbed.

Joe Boone


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