Having worked with Joseph Lee in the past, my experiences have shown me that he is an honest, helpful, loyal, and competent individual ("Power Play," March 8th issue). I am sorry that most of your readers have not had the opportunity to know the Lee that I have gotten to know over the past several years. Although the investigation currently being conducted will probably be the factor that determines whether or not Lee keeps his job, I don't believe anything illegal or unethical will be discovered in his performance. Any error in judgment Lee may have made should not rise to the level of him being fired. He has admitted his error and has apologized.
Those of us who have worked in a management capacity know that, unfortunately, sometimes you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.
The poor in Memphis have always known that certain zip codes in the poorest areas always got an unfair hand when it came to utilities. How can a person living in a one-bedroom duplex get a utility bill for $600 to $800, while a person living in Cordova or Germantown in a five-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot house gets a utility bill from the same company for $100 to $140? My naive co-workers honestly believe that it is because they are living in energy-efficient houses. I say that is a bunch of crap.
My one-bedroom duplex has no dishwasher, washer, dryer, or central air. The poor have long not had a voice. We complain, but no one listens. I think that they raise the bill knowing that the poor will go to the agencies for help. That's federally funded money. We are no better than a third-world country! The riches are in the hands of a few, and the poor carry the burden on their backs. I have a master's degree, and I barely make $20,000 a year!
The Mayor and His Backers
Does anyone really believe that Mayor Herenton could continue his imperial reign without the backing of the powerbrokers listed in John Branston's article (City Beat, March 1st issue)?
For too long, the movers and shakers of the business comunity have operated in the shadows. Will they now stand up and profess their monetary and moral support for Herenton's vision of our future? As usual, Branston has cut to the chase. Please continue to follow the money.
It's the Doctors
I was surprised that your reporter, Bianca Phillips, did not uncover the real reason for the high number of prescription drugs used by Tennesseans (The Fly-by, March 8th issue).
It's the doctors. They are the ones who get the free trips and dinners paid for by the prescription-drug industry. Doctors are the ones who complain so loudly about malpractice suits but do little to police themselves.
Why would any doctor who took his or her oath seriously prescribe 10-plus prescriptions for one person? I wonder if that doctor knew what interactions those 10 prescriptions had on one another? I seem to remember that is part of the form you fill out when going to a new doctor. Legal drugs and doctors go together.
I became a member of the Lewis Center for Senior Citizens in 2002. At that time, I heard that funds had been allocated for and we would soon be getting a new center. Later, I heard that the city was buying property around the old building but that the acquisition of that property was not possible because of cost and other factors.
The Friends of the Senior Centers ask Memphis to continue to plan for the center's relocation. We believe the land located at Bellevue and Overton Park Avenue is a desirable site. The land already belongs to the state, and with efforts by Mayor Herenton, the City Council, and others, the state could be persuaded to donate the land for the center's use.
Editor's notes: In the article "Herding Cats" (March 8th issue), it should have been reported that Burke's Book Store is not moving into the old House of Mews space but rather several doors down in a former print shop.
In last week's article "Thirty Days Late, Thousands of Dollars Short" (March 8th issue), the town of Collierville was cited as having an unpaid MLGW bill.The town was actually paid up at the time the Flyer obtained its information from the utility.