What They Said (July 9, 2015) ... 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers — The Nathan Bedford Forrest statue, Saran Palin, AC Wharton, and Jim Strickland.


About Toby Sells' post, "Council Could Vote on Forrest Statue's Removal" ...
It's a sad day when you can remove the remains of a husband and wife and relocate them elsewhere over a so-called race issue. It's also sad that history is not taught in our schools anymore.

The Confederate flag does not mean the same thing to everyone. The Confederates who fought for their flag should be honored just as anyone else who is killed in war. When will this nonsense stop? There are even those who would like to see the American flag taken down. All I can say is, if you don't like America, go somewhere else.

Wait a second, you don't like the fact that there is a proposal to remove a statue and the remains from a city park? That city park is located in America, and it certainly qualifies as "something happening." Since you said if a person doesn't like what's happening in America, they should leave, shouldn't you leave? You won't be missed.

The good general was a slave dealer and slave owner, a war criminal (Fort Pillow Massacre), and a prominent member of a racist, terrorist organization, serving as the first Grand Wizard of the KKK.

Thank the gods that all of the other issues Memphis was dealing with have been solved, and that we now have time to take care of these sidebar details.

About Jen Clarke's column, "Congrats, Bristol!" ...
It's been a long time since I've read anything about Sarah Palin with no mention of Tina Fey's "I can see Russia from my porch" scripted SNL line. But one thing I've never read from Sarah's critics is that she held an 85 percent approval rating with Alaskans.

I've always admired Sarah Palin. She was the only governor that I can think of that had the gall and determination to kick the blue-blood corrupt Republicans in the teeth and ride roughshod over 'em in her state; and her constituents apparently admired her actions, too.

Nightcrawler doesn't point out why Palin had those high approval numbers in her very short time as Alaska's governor. One reason was that before being pushed into the national spotlight by John McCain, Palin wasn't the partisan hack she is today. She actually worked with the Democrats in Alaska.

She raised taxes on oil companies. She created a climate-change team, writing: "The sub-cabinet will also be making recommendations to me on how Alaskans can save energy and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions." She also vetoed a bill that would have barred same-sex couples from state employee benefits, saying that it would have been (shock!) unconstitutional. As governor, Palin governed from the middle, explaining her high approval ratings among the residents of Alaska.
Charley Eppes

About Jackson Baker's Politics column, "A Two-Man Mayor's Race?" ...
Would somebody please tell me what the difference is between a vote for Wharton or a vote for Strickland? They're both backed by the same power players, and Strickland used to be Wharton's campaign adviser. They hold hands on almost every issue. If Memphis thinks that these are the only two candidates, then we will just get more of the same come October 8th.

There are other qualified candidates in this race who deserve an equal platform. I am voting for Mike Williams, and I am not alone. I'm a 31-year-old white, single male who works in the film industry. This is not about black or white, rich or poor, or any other divisive contrast someone wants to come up with. We have had enough of this incestuous political wheel here in Memphis. Fresh faces, fresh voices, new ideas, new citizens being elected into office — this is what we want. This lethargic Southern political machine is coming to an end.
Jordan Danelz

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