Letters to the Editor

Malls on Steroids?

To the Editor:

I enjoyed John Branston's article on the brain drain (City Beat, November 13th issue). As a Memphis native who has traveled the country and lived in several other cities, I've come to the conclusion that Memphis has a lot to offer. I could not wait to leave after high school but quickly found that of all the new cities I spent time in, very few compared to Memphis in character, quality of life, or urbanity. I tell everyone that whether you love or hate the River City, you'll never see anywhere else like it. Sure, there are cities like Nashville and Charlotte with their chains, suburbs, and malls on steroids, but I have a hard time distinguishing one from another. Boring! Give me quirky old Memphis any day.

Where else can you see a Japanese Elvis at the airport, a goat chug beer, a festival devoted to barbecue, and the home of rock-and-roll? Sure, Memphis has issues, but those stem from the fact that it's a real city, not a bulked-up suburb.

I am constantly impressed by the city each time I get back for a visit. All the city needs is a few of those chain stores and restaurants that some of us crazy kids like these days. I just don't ever want to come home and not know I'm in Memphis!

Jay A. Feinstein

Cary, North Carolina

A Bad Energy Bill

To the Editor:

The president would like us to believe that his Energy Bill sets a sensible path for the future. Maybe if our future looks like the Cold War.

The Energy Bill promotes the oil and coal industries with fat tax breaks and relaxed enforcement of clean energy standards. As if big business in this country isn't fleecing taxpayers enough.

We are fighting a war over oil when we should be thinking about the future and focusing our resources on new, clean technology.

Anthony J. Killeen


Ridiculous Right

To the Editor:

I had to laugh at the irony of Bob Morris' complaints (Letters, November 13th issue) about the Loony Left's "imagined evils" that are "short on facts."

If he's going to complain about other people lacking facts, shouldn't he use them himself?

First, if Gore had been appointed president, he would no more have "stolen" the election than Bush did in our confusing and contradictory electoral process that dismisses citizens' votes for electoral college votes. Second, Morris wrote that Gore, as president, would be apologizing to someone for 9/11 and goes on to state that our country would be in a shambles if an imagined Democratic administration's policies regarding abortion, homosexual marriage, and increased minimum wage were realities. Hardly facts.

Referring to the Democratic presidential candidates as "dwarfs" and assuming those who support them are unpatriotic merely further reveals his juvenile thinking. I enjoyed Morris' letter, though, because it supports what I believe about the Ridiculous Right.

Deirdre O'Sullivan


God Save Us

To the Editor:

A resolution first passed in Green County, Tennessee, calling on all Americans to "publicly recognize God as the Foundation of Our National Heritage" is being considered in other Tennessee counties.

Yes, the Founding Fathers spoke of the guidance of God during the building of this great nation, but these grandstanding politicians are only attempting to endear themselves to the populace by passing this regulation.

It wasn't my God who smiled down on the Puritans as they burned "witches" at the stake. It wasn't my God who looked on our ancestors with favor as they committed genocide of Native Americans. It wasn't my God who allowed the importation of slaves from Africa and treated them as chattel.

I was taught from infancy that God was loving and caring. If what I was taught is true, then this resolution has surely missed the mark.

Dan Sweeton


Correction: The Georges DuBoeuf Wine Dinner at Melange is scheduled for Wednesday evening the 19th, not Thursday, as stated in this week's We Recommend.

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