What They Said ... 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers ... Urban Child Institute, Trump, AutoZone Park, and Marilyn.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
  • Greg Cravens

On Toby Sells' cover story "The Urban Child Investment"

But ... bu ... it's all for the childruns! Must be good!



If they threw in puppy adoptions, they might have something there. They could charge billable hours per paw.


About Jackson Baker's Politics Blog post "GOP Luminaries Play the Trump Card at Local Banquet" ...

[Trump's] the best thing that ever happened to the Democrats. The vast majority of moderate Republicans know he's a nut, and they won't be voting for nut. Gonna hand the election to Hillary.

Chester Jones

Norris says "the people" want straight talk. No they don't. Trump tells this cohort of the GOP-base what they want to hear: They want to know it's not their "fault;" it's the fault of the Other. They want their fears and biases confirmed, and that's what Trump does to a fault. So, no. They most assuredly don't want actual "straight talk."


About Frank Murtaugh's From My Seat post "Memphis Redbirds 2015: Memorable Season or Not?" ...

I agree with Frank that it's questionable at best that the changes made to [AutoZone Park] have improved the park. I certainly don't think taking away the playground is an improvement. Not only was it the one free thing for small children to enjoy, but it was definitely one of my son's favorite aspects of going to games. ... I also agree that while the new bluffs put fans closer to the game, I fear it's only a matter of time before a toddler or small child gets beaned by a line-drive foul ball. Fans were farther away from the action on the old bluff, but nobody seemed to mind, and the travel time was long enough for balls headed out there that parents were able to get their kids out of the way. And, lastly, one change that, to me, is definitely not an improvement: the moving of the ticket takers all the way up to the entrance to the stadium versus where they had always been before at the plaza entrance. While seemingly a minor change, at more than one game I went to this year, myself or someone I was with was hit up for money by guys IN THE PLAZA! Being solicited on the sidewalk outside of the stadium is one thing, but this is the kind of experience that might make surburbanites swear off ever coming to a Redbirds game again.


About Chris Davis' Fly on the Wall story "Clean Sweep" ...

In the article "Clean Sweep" featured in "The Fly on the Wall," a woman sweeping the steps of Idlewild Presbyterian Church was highlighted, along with the fact that she was wearing no clothes. "Nobody has satisfactorily explained what she was doing with the milk crate or the bag of Kingsford charcoal pictured below."

I will explain it quite simply: mental illness, alcoholism, homelessness. And she has a name. Her name is Marilyn.

At Idlewild, we have loved her, fed her, counseled with her, tried to refer her for some help, cautioned her, and have even had to use "tough love" at times. For we dare to believe that beneath all that brokeness is a beloved child of God.

It was disheartening, even shameful at times, to hear the ridicule and the laughter that this evoked, for it is not funny. The homeless and the mentally ill are the lepers of our day, and they are ignored at best, scapegoated, and abused by a narcissistic culture at worst.

Jesus was as clear as day toward the end of his life when he told a parable about what was truly important. "When did we see you hungry ... or naked?" Today I hear him asking: "When did we see you mentally ill and homeless? As you did it unto the least of these, our brothers and sisters, you did it to me."

For we are all broken in one way or the other. Some are able, with our privilege, to hide it better than others.

Stephen R. Montgomery

Pastor, Idlewild Presbyterian Church

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