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Hotties

Thank you for the perspicacious choice of Tiger Book Store's Chloe Nikodem for your list of hotties (February 9th issue). She's the best thing to happen to Memphis advertising since the Watson gal got disqualified for not actually living here. Chloe -- who shares her name with my daughter -- gets my rah-rah on. Corey MeslerMemphis

Excellent list! But what about us single senior citizens? There is nothing hot about me, but I'm sure there are others out there who are "hot." Please consider them next time. I do not know how "interesting and attractive" Arthur H. Prince would be to your female readers, but I certainly would like to find out!

Arthur H. Prince

Memphis

Do-over, Please

This is in response to John Branston's story on the Ford-Roland election (February 9th issue): I hope Branston is not insinuating that Terry Roland should bow out of the close and obviously fishy state Senate seat fight for reasons of statesmanship. Knuckling under to corruption in voting jeopardizes our Constitution. We fought for over 200 years to ensure that at least before someone starts a corrupt career, they have to win a fair election.

I believe the prevailing mood of Memphis is to redo the election in November 2006. Ten months is not much to ask when the correctness of the outcome is at stake.

Scott Price

Memphis

more heat

Bruce VanWyngarden's suggestion (Editor's Note, February 9th issue) that the Memphis City Council summon MLGW leaders to explain why our utility is raising rates while others around the country are lowering them is right on target. Hello? Rickey? Carol? E.C.? Is anybody listening over there? We're ticked off out here in common-man land and we want explanations.

Cheryl Marks

Memphis

The Rove Playbook

Senator John McCain is touted by some of his fellow Republicans as an alternative role model. But McCain's grossly uncivil, almost pathological tirade against Senator Barack Obama for having the temerity to consider a lobbying and ethics reform strategy potentially more effective than his own shows that McCain subscribes to the Karl Rove playbook.

It also suggests in this senior statesman and probable presidential candidate a certain callousness rather than a wise maturity, the very sort of justifying any means for an end that has characterized the current administration. McCain's record of wartime bravery is distinguished and unassailable, but this latest incident further underscores an escalating and deeply troubling tendency toward self-regarding bombast. Hadley HuryMemphis

Fat Chance

Studies published last week indicated that a low-fat diet has negligible effect on the risk of chronic diseases. This validates what leading health authorities have been saying for the past decade: It's not just fat; it's the saturated fat in meat, eggs, and dairy products. The studies found that women who cut down on saturated fat had a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and colon cancer. A wealth of other studies over the past three decades confirm that consumption of saturated fats substantially raises the risk of contracting these diseases.

The "all-fat-is-bad" crusade probably dates back to the U.S. Senate's 1977 "Dietary Goals for the United States," which originally recommended that Americans reduce their meat consumption. The outraged meat industry forced the Senate to recommend reduced fat consumption instead.

Consumers who find the message of health authorities confusing have been listening to the wrong messenger. The national nutritional consensus has been simple, direct, and unwavering: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, unsaturated fats -- good. Saturated fats and cholesterol (present only in animal products), trans fats, sugar, salt -- bad.

Manny Compton

Memphis

Correction: Last week's editorial, "Questions Need Answers," incorrectly stated that a wiretapped audiotape of Dewey Clark claiming to have paid Memphis mayor Willie Herenton $9,000 in cash had been introduced as evidence in the current corruption trial in Atlanta of that city's former mayor, Bill Campbell. Clark made the indicated statement via direct testimony.

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