What They Said (March 5, 2015) … 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers — Uptown Funk, the Mid-South Coliseum, Music Fest lineup, Mike Williams, Rudy Giuliani, and Allegiant Air.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
  • Greg Cravens

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

In Greymouth, New Zealand, in a pub housed in a structure that leaned with age, I witnessed local men stop their drinking and their conversations to dance and sing uninhibitedly to "Uptown Funk." They had no idea where the song was recorded. Memphis travels everywhere, with influence!

David Rainey

About Toby Sells' cover story, "The Coliseum" ...

Save the Coliseum. It can still be a vital use to the city. I can't imagine that it would cost more to upgrade/repair the Coliseum than to tear it down and build this sports complex that no one seems to want except Wharton and Lipscomb. I don't trust Robert Lipscomb's or Kevin Kane's assessment of the building since they both want to tear it down. And that no-compete clause with FedExForum was the most stupid business decision this city has ever made.

Pamela Cate

About Chris Shaw's story "Music Fest Mayhem" ...

Don't miss Savoy Brown, old school, heavy metal English rock at its finest. Some of their members were in town last year for the Blues Foundation awards, and they after-partied at Earnestine & Hazel's and put on a killer show with some other old English rockers.


The indie/folk/Americana genre is particularly strong this year with Avetts, Wilco, Jenny Lewis, Shovels and Rope, Alejandro Escovedo, Bela, and Ryan Adams. Very excited.


About Jackson Baker's story, "MPA's Mike Williams Promises Viable Campaign" ...

We sure don't need a union boss running the city.


Union boss or not, Mike has shown his love and concern for the city of Memphis. He stood up to the mayor and city clowns to let them know they are hurting the proud city employees. Yes, there are slackers, thugs, and clowns mixed in, but at the heart of all of it, there are more good employees than bad. The good ones are leaving because this has harmed our families. Voters, you get what you paid for. Put in someone who's looking out for Memphis, not themselves. Look at the whole picture, not just pieces. And make a choice you will not regret after a year.


About Randy Haspel's Rant on Rudy Giuliani ...

I've never cared for Rudy. Somehow, he thought New Yorkers couldn't be trusted exercising their inherent constitutional rights, unlike citizens in other cities and states. Of course, the NYC elitists enjoyed their rights, but it was taboo for everyone else. But Rudy's spot-on about Obama, and only a simpleton who has been living in a leftist progressive hole for the past seven years would not know it.

As for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, what he forgot about executive administrative performance, creating budget surpluses, and putting the people's money taken from them by corrupt public unions back in their pockets, Obama will never know. If the timid and passive Republicans decide to back him for president in 2016, he just might win. At this stage, they're not gonna win the White House with anyone else.


About Toby Sells' post, "Allegiant Brings Low-Cost Air Service to Memphis" ...

As long as travelers watch their baggage plans, Allegiant is going to be a great addition to Memphis' airport. Just don't get caught without prepaid luggage and measure carefully, and take advantage of their aggressive prices!

Flights to all three destinations look to be only on Fridays and Mondays. Which is a good start, but not ideal for cruisers, as you'll likely have to spend a night on at least one end of the cruise. Still, a great start!

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