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Letters and comments from Flyer readers ... Jack Eaton, Memphis Burning, Mud Island proposals, 8th District race, and Tiger basketball.

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  • Greg Cravens

About the Flyer post, "Venerable Sportscaster Jack Eaton Dies" ...

I have no idea how many hours of Jack Eaton's voice I heard over the years. Rest in peace, Jack. You made a lot of people happy. And what better monument to a life is there than that?


What a wonderful person. I worked with Big Jack for many years at Channel 5, and he was always a delight to be around. He will be missed by us who grew up watching him and laughing at his rhymes. My condolences to Erma and his family.

Cyndy Grivich Tucker

The voice of a region, we called him Big Jack.

Larry and Louisville, it's a Tiger comeback!

Tiger football he called, in good times and bad.

Great Scott, for Jack Eaton, we all should be glad.

Frank Murtaugh

About Martha Park's cover story, "Memphis Burning" ...

We appreciate the story, "Memphis Burning," by Martha Park, with Andrea Morales' beautiful photos and the Flyer's willingness to join in the work to recover Shelby County history that has been hidden too long.

One correction: "Responding to Racism" is the name of a group at First Congregational Church where conversations were first held about this project. "The Lynching Sites Project" is the name of the group working to memorialize lynching sites and victims.

Randall Mullins

On that day when Ell Persons was lynched, parts of Memphis' soul and bloodlust was momentarily sated. God bless America and her founding ethos and fathers for the gift that keeps on giving.

Jr. Golden

Stand for Children, the organization working to destroy public education, is listed as something people should support in this story. Stand seeks to create more segregation through charter schools and vouchers. They do not work for justice.


About Joshua Cannon's story, "A Look at Mud Island Park Redevelopment Proposals" ...

So many developers, so many self-serving visions based on public money financing private profits, so many promises that the public will somehow profit from spending millions and millions on projects that aren't feasible for the private sector.

Half our 911 calls aren't answered within the national standard time, but we have millions to "help" build yet another Midtown grocery or a 500-room resort with a parking garage and front-door monorail service?


I don't get the need for three new bridges, but the ML Professional Properties proposal strikes me as the most promising in terms of providing tangible benefits for city residents. After all the tax dollars spent on Mud Island over the years, city residents deserve to enjoy some tangible benefits.

Strait Shooter

About Jackson Baker's post, "There's an 8th District Congressional Race!" ...

Given that a Republican will win this election, Tom Leatherwood wouldn't be a terrible choice. He has run the Shelby County Register's office efficiently, and his office has done a great job in getting county records digitized and online.

Kelsey, on the other hand, is a twit. Get him out of the state legislature. Working for a health insurance company turning down claims for kids' kidney transplants would be more his style.


About Frank Murtaugh's post "Connecticut 77, Tigers 57" ...

This game was as close to a desperation game as a team can get. What the devil happened in the locker room at half-time? It was as if a different team took the floor in the second half. How can a team be so competitive and then barely show up?

I watched the game with two visiting friends from Connecticut. There was great banter, but by game's end, I was speechless.

Teams do not owe fans wins, but they do owe them a competitive effort.

Mike Tremaine

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