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Letters and comments from Flyer readers ... Tubman $20, Memphis Soccer, Greensward, Trump, and “Madam President”

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
  • Greg Cravens

About the Flyer editorial, "Tubman vs. Jackson: The Change Will Do Us Good" ...

You could probably start a good business by withdrawing a load of the current $20 bills that you plan to turn around and sell for $25 a pop to the rednecks and racists of the world that don't want to spend Tubman $20 bills.


I dunno, my confederate dollars have gotten pretty dusty. But it's worth a try.

Nick R.

I hope they use the photo of her smiling.


About Toby Sells' story, "Council Readies for Greensward Mediation Deadline" ...

Life isn't going back to normal for the Memphis Zoo after this. They have really pissed off people enough this time that they are going to have to actually solve the problem. Because, regardless of what the council does, there are people who are going to go after the zoo with legal action and boycotts of their donors. This isn't going to get better if the council fails to do its job. It will get worse.


About Sam Cicci's story "Goal!" ...

It's a pity that no one remembers the very successful Memphis-based soccer teams: Memphis Express and Memphis Mercury. Both teams won their divisions, both played in the very competive PDL leagues, and both drew very large crowds when they played at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.

The Memphis City FC owners didn't bother to consult with any of those former players, coaches and owners ... some of whom still live here in Memphis. Food for thought!

Mark Franklin

About Jackson Baker's story, "Can a Wild Card Trump the Opposition?" ...

I was surprised to read Terry Roland's claim that Steve Mulroy voted in 2011 to support the CCHC contract because Roland "called his priest," who "came down in smoke" on the issue. This is not accurate.  Neither Commissioner Roland, nor anyone acting on his behalf, ever called me about that or any other issue. Steve made his decision independent of any pressure from me. And, as anyone who knows me can tell you, "coming down in smoke" is not my style. 

Fr. Jim Martell, Holy Rosary Catholic Church

About Old Navy's ad ...

I read where an ad run by Old Navy which featured an interracial family caused the company to see an explosion of racist trolls in their Twitter mentions. Old Navy was accused of promoting miscegenation, of ramming interracial marriages down people's throats, of running a disgusting ad, and so forth. There was also calls for a boycott of Old Navy stores.

I cannot understand the hate of people who would condemn an ad that shows that love knows no color. Racism is clearly not dead, but I pray that the racists who made their hate-filled comments about a beautiful ad are from a group of citizens that is shrinking and that will one day disappear.

I will be shopping at Old Navy soon.

Philip Williams

Time for "Madam President?" ...

America has had over 200 years of "Mr. President." Isn't it about time for "Madam President," seeing that the population of America is 50 percent female? Let's put biases and partisanship aside and look at what the country needs. 

First, Hillary Clinton is simply a better choice for president than Donald Trump. Clinton has experience and leadership skills developed over her years in federal and state positions. Making Trump president of the United States of America would be the same as giving him a powerful race car and saying he is competent to drive in a NASCAR contest.

This is not the time for divisive politics-as-usual; the economy is thriving, and returning to Republican supply-side economics would put a serious damper on the next four years. Not to mention, Trump would be leading the same gridlock-driven GOP legislators that have caused such havoc for the past seven years.

Chip Green

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