Letters to the Editor

Liberal Treatment

To the Editor:

If Rush Limbaugh is convicted of a federal drug offense ("Rush to Darkness," October 9th issue), I wonder if he'll ask his lawyer to request a liberal or a conservative interpretation of the federal sentencing guidelines? I mean, the liberal ("It's not my fault; the drugs from the back surgery made me do it") approach would surely result in a reduced sentence, but will Limbaugh tolerate liberal treatment from a court?

I think he would cringe at the thought of having to do less time in jail because of a liberal sentencing philosophy. My liberal friends think it would be cruel and unusual punishment to force a mitigated sentence on Limbaugh. They say, give him a fair trial and then let the federal guidelines do what they are designed to do! Just ask Senator Orrin Hatch.

Oh well, now that Limbaugh is off ESPN, what about a speaking engagement at next year's Republican convention? (Assuming he gets out of prison in time, which is possible with a liberal sentence, of course.) Talk about Masterpiece Theatre. That'll be one to watch.

Thank you for running the story and thank you for publishing the letters to the editor. I can't stop grinning. I just can't. Sorry.

Steffen Schreiner


Local/national Embarrassments?

To the Editor:

B. Keith English wrote "that local embarrassment Mike Fleming's malicious, incoherent tirades attacking the public schools fail to meet grade school standards for grammar and syntax" (Letters to the Editor, October 16th issue).

Local embarrassment? That's ridiculous! The highly knowledgeable readers of the Flyer voted Mike Fleming's show the "Best Local Talk Show." Since when did Dr. English become a teacher of English?

Arthur Prince


To the Editor:

Can you imagine what would have happened if 10 American soldiers a week were dying during the Clinton presidency? The Republican establishment would have crucified the president. Now, with Bush as president, not a peep or disparaging word from these paragons of virtue. Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, and Fox News ripped Clinton apart for stains on a blue dress. With Bush, we've had secrecy, outright fraud in leading the U.S. into war, and now a daily stream of casualties with no end in sight. Do these seismic events rate below a blue dress? Across America, citizens are acting like sheep following the Bush spin and deception, not demanding accountability. What happened to the America I grew up in?

Ron Lowe

Nevada City, California

To the Editor:

Janel Davis' cover story ("The Bus Stops Here," October 2nd issue) shed some much-needed light on the shortage of safe, reliable, affordable day-care and after-school care. This problem knows no socioeconomic or racial boundaries, with many low- and moderate-income families seeing child-care expenses consuming more and more of their paychecks from the jobs that necessitated child-care in the first place.

But let's place the responsibility for long-term solutions where it belongs. It's not the responsibility of Tennessee Department of Human Services officials; they are guilty only of making tough choices in the face of a shrinking budget and growing caseload. The responsibility for real long-term solutions belongs to individuals like Teresa Franklin -- the 31-year-old mother of seven quoted in the story -- who continue to conceive children for which they cannot provide adequate care.

If you can't afford to have children, do them, yourself, and your community a favor and don't conceive them. It's called "birth control" and it's not rocket science. It's common sense.

Chris Williams


Editor's note: Due to a production problem, the article "Can You See Me Now" ran twice in last week's issue. In the article "How To Be a Model," Bianca Phillips referenced her experiences at the Barbizon School of Modeling in Cordova. That school is out of business and has no connection to Barbizon Modeling and Talent Agency currently located at 1890 North Germantown Road in Cordova. We regret any confusion.

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