Your story on Bishop Blake and the COGIC convocation (November 8th issue) was slanted, unfair, and misguided. At a time when Memphis is struggling financially, why would the Flyer publish such a negative article?
The question of whether COGIC will continue to bring its convocation to Memphis is very much up in the air. Stories such as this one will only hasten COGIC's departure and the millions of dollars they bring to this city — much of it, I might add, going to Flyer advertisers.
I have nothing against COGIC, and I'm glad they hold their annual meeting here. But why their congregants (or the congregants of any religion, for that matter) think it's okay for their spiritual leaders to make millions and live a Hollywood lifestyle on the fruits of their tithes is beyond me.
That's not the way Christianity is supposed to work, at least not according to my Bible.
Speed traps II
The letter in your November 8th issue regarding the infamous Piperton speed trap reminded me of similar experiences with other localities in the area over the years. We developed a very effective means of dealing with such localities as Oakland, Piperton, and Rossville: We simply take alternate routes and never allow our vehicles or our business dollars to ever again enter these localities. We loved a wonderful restaurant in Oakland and frequented it often until the harassment of motorists began there. Since then, we have never set foot in Oakland or spent another penny there.
The Wolf River Cafe in Rossville was another great dining spot. Due to the overzealous ticketing of motorists there, we have not set foot in it in quite a while and don't plan to. Piperton has no businesses to frequent, and since we no longer go to Rossville, that issue is resolved.
We also celebrated when the Bill Morris Parkway provided a means of totally avoiding the speed traps and red-light cameras (that trigger as soon as the yellow light comes on) in Germantown. In the years since the parkway has opened, I have spent not one cent in Germantown and have probably (grudgingly) driven through there less than five times.
I realize not everyone can avoid driving in areas of police harassment, but those who can take alternate routes should. Anytime we drive east now it is a very simple matter to take our cars (and our business dollars) to I-40 or through Mississippi on Highway 72.
Perhaps if more people did this, the local chambers of commerce might rein in their overzealous ticket-writers and find more out-of-towners shopping, dining, and buying gas in their towns.
Jim L. Brasfield Collierville
In response to the recent cartoon (The Rant, November 8th issue) saying that Republicans don't need to worry about getting hard questions because Fox News gives those to them, I have to say that at least you never hear of Republicans having their advance staffs arrange for people to have a soft question for their candidate beforehand.
Editor's note: You are kidding, right?
Agrees With Bush
It's been awhile since President Bush has said or done anything that I agreed with, but his criticism of Democrats is right on. They have held many hearings exposing all types of corruption and waste in government since taking over Congress, and yet they do nothing. This includes billions of dollars missing in Iraq — billions that may even have been used to help those killing our troops.
Bush rightfully believes that Democratic Party inaction will have dire consequences for the world. He is right. Every day that these weak-kneed Democrats fail to impeach Bush and Cheney, the world remains in terrible danger.