What They Said (February 26, 2015) … 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers — Raging Spanish bulls, Wendi C. Thomas, disappearing jobs, trolleys, and that Uptown Funk.

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  • Greg Cravens

About Chris Davis' webpost, "Ole Miss Student Gored by Spanish Bull" ...

Ole Miss student: "How can we top UT's Butt-Chugging event?" Mr. Milley: "Watch This!"

Charley Eppes

With all due respect to Mr. Milley, I'd rather grow old telling my grandkids about the time I survived a goring by a raging bull in Spain, as opposed to hearing bumblin' Joe Biden publicly refer to me as his "old butt buddy" and having to explain that gaffe for the rest of my life.

Mr. Milley, it could be worse, a lot worse. Glad you lived to tell the tale, sir.


I agree, Nightcrawler. That young man should definitely blame Obama for this. Especially when he gets home and has honest American doctor bills, unlike the time he will spend in Spain being treated with godless free socialized medicine.


About Wendi C. Thomas' column, "Good Jobs Lost" ...

I feel bad for this lady, but there's a question that I kept asking myself while reading this article that wasn't addressed. Why is she still living in Memphis if she can't find a job here with her high skill set?

If I were to lose my job here, it's possible I couldn't find another locally because my skills are specialized. But I'm pretty sure I could find a similar job elsewhere if I were willing to move. There are reasons I probably wouldn't move, but they have nothing to do with economics or the disappearance of middle-class jobs.

Brunetto Latini

The medical field is as hot as a firecracker right now. Did I read correctly she is both experienced and degreed and can't find a job, so she hasn't worked in the field in nine years? I would like to know the rest of the story.

Arlington Pop

Has anyone looked into the cost of relocating, especially with children in school close to graduating? With the constant cuts to NIH funding, there are not as many jobs available anywhere for people with this skill set. Age discrimination is also a factor once you pass age 45, so for those of you in that age group, be prepared.

Been There

All of Wendi's columns should be turned into epic novels so she can answer any possible question a grumpy old man could dream up. They obviously are incapable of making assumptions based on reason and need Wendi to spoon feed them the answers to every scenario.


About Joe Boone's cover story, "All About That Uptown Funk" ...

What an inspiring story about great people doing great, creative things in Memphis. Thanks for giving us the story behind the hit.


Nice article supporting Memphis art. However, if you really want to support Memphis arts and artists, you should know (and care enough) to give credit to the artist who painted that fabulous door you so proudly sport on your cover. It would have been nice to have mentioned one of Memphis' true art treasures, Lamar Sorrento, who is known (and collected) by art lovers worldwide and also a darn good musician. Friends of Lamar say, "Not Cool."


About Toby Sells' story, "Council Gets First Look at MATA Trolley Plan" ...

It is critical for the small business owners on Main Street that a viable transportation option is in place AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The cold/rainy weather makes foot traffic draw to a stand-still, so without some alternative, we all stand to lose.

Main Street Business Owner

Councilmembers Flinn and Collins don't sound serious about one of the top tourist attractions Memphis has. They don't think an enormous amount of money should be spent to rectify a problem or reinvest into the system? That's the problem that caused the issue to begin with. Memphis has to get leaders serious about upgrading this system and even replacing the aged trolleys with modern LRVs like you see in the new Atlanta Streetcar project that just opened. Until we get that kind of leadership on council, we'll be a second-rate city.


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