Forty Shades of Blah
After suffering through the interminable boredom of Forty Shades of Blue a few years back, I vowed never to see another film by Ira Sachs, Memphis ties or not ("Home Again," April 10th issue). Alas, at my wife's insistence that this was "a premiere," I went to see Married Life. Whose decision was it to entrust Sachs with a stellar cast, whom he imprisoned with a wooden script rife with unflattering portrayals, all set to a rhythm as slow as the sands of time?
If the Oscars add a "Plodding Pachyderm Award," Sachs is a shoo-in. For his next movie, perhaps he can get the Slowskys, the DSL-touting turtles from the phone company ads.
Love Those Tigers!
I still love the Tigers (Sports, April 10th issue). They are number one in my heart. I'm even thinking about getting season tickets for next year. Mayors Herenton and Wharton, tornadoes, high crime rates, churches, the need to improve our school systems, MLGW, and the Grizzlies couldn't bring this city and county together, but the University of Memphis Tigers and Coach Cal and his staff did just that, and they have no reason to hang their heads.
The Final Four weekend was great for the city, and we must keep it going. Support is all they need. Support is what all of us need. Keep the Tigers and all of us in Memphis in your prayers. God has a plan for the city. Think positive! Think Memphis.
Stop This War
American voters can stop this war in Iraq if they want to. All they have to do is vote for the Democratic candidate who gets the nomination. Voting for John McCain is like giving George Bush four more years. The president and Congress don't own this government. We do. And we can control American foreign policy again.The only way they listen to us is in the voting booth.
We got rid of the last Bush who lied to us, and we can do the same with the current crop of politicians who refuse to listen to us. Both Democrats and Republicans need to hear this, especially Hillary Clinton. The next time she lies to us about her foreign policy experience (dodging sniper fire in Bosnia!) and tries to pull the wool over our eyes, we might not be so forgiving. Some wars are necessary. This one is not.
Joe M. Spitzer
America's Civil Rights City
Thanks to John Branston for saying what no one else dares to: that continuing to fluff Memphis' reputation as the "civil rights" city has a downside (City Beat, April 10th issue).
Are we stuck in 1968? I hope not, but I do believe there are a lot of Memphians who want to keep playing the guilt card, because without it, they lose their meal ticket — and their life's purpose.
After 40 years, we need to move forward. Yes, let's honor the past, but let's not wallow in it and keep beating ourselves up with a tarnished moment in our history.
Airline safety checks are being tightened after tens of thousands of customers had their flights canceled.
The failure of the FAA to see if safety checks were being performed on time and correctly is no surprise, at least not to those of us who realize that since the GOP took control of government oversight, regulations became a thing of the past. The belief of most Republicans that government should get out of the way of business is not new. They have been chomping at the bit for years for laissez-faire governing. We saw this in the 1980s, when their hero Ronald Reagan and his bunch allowed leverage buyouts and junk bonds to threaten our economy. It continued with the first Bush and the savings-and-loan disaster.
Now, after years of Republican rule, we face the worst economic problems since the Great Depression, with hedge funds, open borders, war profiteers, sub-prime loans, unsafe skies, poisoned pet food, and lethal children's toys.
These policies are great for corporations, but the majority of Americans see their dreams of a better life for themselves and their children die on Wall Street and in the factories of China.