Herbert Kook's letter criticizing my "Gasonomics 101" Viewpoint (May 18th issue) is based on its own faulty premise: namely, that the economic model of supply and demand operates normally in the oil market (as it does in the agricultural commodity market he cites to support his critique). In addition to exorbitantly escalating the price at which they sell us their commodity (aka gouging), the oil companies have also been hugely successful at manipulating its supply. They've accomplished this by controlling the number and output of refineries, shipping refined product overseas, and withholding refined product from the market.
Even an amateur economist like Kook would have to admit that oligopolistic practices, like the ones inflicted on us by the oil companies, are antithetical to the operation of a free market -- a fact for which we are all paying the price.
Bored by Tim
I have enjoyed reading your paper since its inception so many years ago. I won't fib and say that I have read every issue, but whenever I see an issue, I'll usually grab it. When deprived of that, I'll read via the Internet.
Over the years, I have enjoyed many staples of your publication: News of the Weird, music criticism, sports (by the late Dennis Freeland), and invariably We Recommend, starring Tim Sampson.
Tim doesn't write that column anymore, and maybe he should. His "ranting," considered humorous by some, I am sure, has become an obnoxious bore to read. He comes off trying to be hip, but he sounds like a 50-ish has-been, tormented by dreams of former grandeur.
I don't understand how the City Council can possibly justify closing Davey Crockett Golf Course (Editor's Note, May 18th issue) while at the same time committing almost $6 million to build a new course in Whitehaven and a new clubhouse for Riverside. This is the very definition of fiscal irresponsibility.
Are the people of Frayser (and others who play Davey Crockett) not worthy of a course? Or is E.C. Jones just not as politically powerful as TaJuan Stout Mitchell and Edmund Ford? Every other city golf course is in central, south, or southeast Memphis. Davey Crocket is the only course serving those who live on the north side of town. It's also potentially the best course because of its wooded terrain and challenging hilly layout. The money that Crockett lost last year (a little more than $200,000) is a drop in the bucket compared to what taxpayers will pay to support the boondoggles at Riverside and Whitehaven. I smell something fishy.
Republican Turned Democrat?
Question: How can a Republican turn Democrat and win a County Commission election in a heavily Democratic district (Politics, May 4th issue)?
Answer: When his money blinds those (Democratic Executive Committee) who took an oath to protect the interests of the Democratic Party.
J.W. Gibson is a wolf in sheep's clothing who is backed by the Republicans. Gibson's support of President Bush and other Republicans should not be rewarded with a "Democratic" seat on the County Commission.
Give It All Back
As far as I am concerned, we should give Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California back to the Mexicans. They inhabited this land until the United States forced them to cede it to the U.S. through a trumped-up war.
How do we spell xenophobia? What else does the Republican Party intend to do to stir up nationalism in the name of patriotism?