Letters to the Editor

| May 01, 2008

Consolidation is Dangerous

Regarding the editorial "Sham Meetings" in the April 24th issue about the meetings on city/county consolidation: We should have as many checks and balances as possible to prevent tyranny and irresponsible leaders. Shelby County has different cities and jurisdictions with many different interests and needs. Forcing everyone into a solitary "oneness" destroys this diversity.

We have unity at the state level, therefore, there is no need for the county to consolidate. Just by studying the history of Memphis' problems, one can learn the dangers of too much consolidation.

Charles Gillihan



Chris Herrington's generally negative review of the Rolling Stones' exciting, entertaining new movie, Shine a Light (Film, April 3rd issue), is more about the reviewer's prejudices than it is an objective analysis of the movie.

What director Martin Scorsese has done in Shine a Light is give us a celebration of the Rolling Stones in concert. The fact that these guys have still got it at the age of 60-plus is incredible and deserves to be documented on film. The band's longevity, commitment, and creativity continue to fascinate and inspire the world.

As far as the musical guest stars (Jack White, Buddy Guy, and Christine Aquilera), each performer fit in well with the Stones on their particular song. But Guy and the Stones on the revelatory "Champagne and Reefer" showed just how down and dirty the blues can get.

Randy Norwood


Our 1,000th Issue

Congratulations to the Flyer for making it to its 1,000th issue (April 24th). I've been reading the paper faithfully since the early 1990s, and I remember enjoying Dennis Freeland's stellar sports columns. He is truly missed on the local sports scene. And while I don't always agree with Tim Sampson's "rants," I never fail to read them, and he usually gives me a chuckle, at least.

It's just one man's opinion, but I think the paper is probably better than ever these days. Here's to your next 1,000!

Pat Robinson



Michigan and Florida defied the Democratic Party's rules by moving their primaries to January in an attempt to leapfrog other states' primaries (Politics, April 17th issue). As a result, the Democratic National Committee is planning to deny seats to the delegates from these two states at the Democratic National Convention.

A legally binding primary was held in these two states. It is only a matter of time before someone who voted in one of these primaries files a lawsuit because their vote isn't being counted. Nobody in this country can be told that their legally cast vote does not count because leaders of a state and national party made a mistake.

Before those primaries were held, the DNC and the Michigan and Florida Democratic committees should have realized that you cannot simply disregard a vote just because you cannot come to an agreement on a primary date. And you cannot "redo" an election to fix a mistake. Unfortunately, this issue will once again have to be resolved by the courts, because the so-called party leaders tried to get cute with the process.

Joe Bialek

Cleveland, Ohio

Not a Fan

I cannot thank you enough for running this week's American Apparel ad (April 24th issue). My internet is down, but it looks like I won't be needing it.

Ceylon Mooney


That's Oil, Folks

Was gas $4 a gallon when oilmen Bush and Cheney took office seven years ago? No, it was not.

Did you vote for Bush twice? If so, are you happy with the return on your ballot: sky-high gas, food, and housing prices? Was it costing $50 to fill your tank when oil ministers Bush and Cheney arrived on the scene? The answer is no.

Did anyone think to ask the president and vice president what might be the results of their energy policy seven years down the road? Have you heard either of these Republicans try to explain the obscene profits corporate oil continues to make? Didn't think so.

The one bright spot might be that the environment will get to take a breather as gas prices rise and people drive less.

Norris Shields


Comments (28)

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DEAR NORRIS SHIELDS, Please do society a favor and stop allowing your blind personal partisan bias to effect "absorption" of facts! According to CNNMoney (you "like" the left leaning CNN don't you?) "Adjusted for inflation, gasoline at $3.28 a gallon, according to AAA, is still about 18 cents below its peak of $3.40, set in March 1981, according to the Energy Information Administration. And Americans are spending about 6% of their total disposable income on energy, down from about 8% in 1982." As much as you would like everyone to believe, the President and the Vice President have nothing to do with the price of "anything" in a free market". It is better to keep your mouth shut and for people "to think that you're an idiot", than to open your mouth and prove their right!

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/01/2008 at 4:13 PM

Mr. Boone, you should take your own advice. Robert Sutton Bartlett TN

Posted by Robert Sutton on 05/02/2008 at 2:58 PM

Dear Robert Sutton Bartlett TN., Please explain to me what you mean. I do live by what I said in my comment, but if somehow you understand that comment differently, I would like you to explain and don't just say "you should take your own advice". I am a fact driven person who does frown on dogmatism."The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism." Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919) I will send you my thank you in advance.

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/02/2008 at 4:32 PM

I'm still waiting on those "facts"!..........Got nothing huh!? Try Moveon.org! They are full of fact-less rhetoric.

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/02/2008 at 5:23 PM

My ability to piss off left wing demagogues must be slipping!

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/02/2008 at 5:26 PM

The shorter Frank: "The power-sucking deathporn I type looks so freaking hot plastered across the center spread of this popular news site. The Internets are mine!"

Posted by Chris Davis on 05/02/2008 at 6:13 PM

ear Chris Davis, What the hell is that pointless diatribe!? Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them. (John Henry Cardinal Newman 1801 - 1890)

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/02/2008 at 6:29 PM

Someone said: "As a result, the Democratic National Committee is planning to deny seats to the delegates from these two states at the Democratic National Convention. " What??? Democrats playing around with votes??? Oh, Man....I haven't heard anything as funny since Cheech became a Movie Star. BTW, where is the big uproar of a political party and/or the press about the disenfranchisment of millions of voters. Hell, if they griped about a few votes in Dade County in 2000, why aren't we hearing objections about what they've done this year?

Posted by Bobby Blair on 05/03/2008 at 4:57 PM

Frank, I paid $3.47 a gallon for gas today. We wouldn't be in Iraq if there was no oil there.

Posted by Barbara Burch on 05/03/2008 at 6:14 PM

Dar B, And your point is ahhhhhh......what? Maybe so, maybe not. I suppose we marched into Berlin for the same reason (oil). I suppose that we have our armed forces on the 38th parallel because of...............oil? I don't know if you have noticed this, but oil "is" very important to our nation. The fact that it is becoming increasingly "more" important to China, combined with the unrest in the Middle-East, is the reason for your $3.47 a gallon for gasoline. When you combine all of these factors along with the fact that the "evil" oil companies here in America, are incapable of producing anymore gasoline than they were 10 years ago, you wind up with more buyers than you have product. Remember way back in "economics class" when we learned that, when this happens, the price for the product goes up?! (Why do you think the price of say, Diamonds, is so high. Way more buyers than there is product) If the tree huggers and their willing accomplices in the Congress and the Senate, would let the oil companies build the refineries that they have been asking for permission to build, for now on about 20 years, we would not have the "supply/demand" problem that we have now. Combine that with, we are the "only" nation on the planet, that has enourmous amounts of oil within our borders but does not "export" any! I'm truly sorry that we may have to exert our military powers because of oil,or for that matter, anything else. But the fact that we took out an evil, tyranical madman in the process, that used his chemical and biologigcal weapons of mass detruction, on innocent men, women and CHILDREN, within his own borders (not to mention all the Iranians he killed with that stuff) does not make me sorry, nor does it keep me up at night. What ever the underlying reason is that you think that oil alone, is the reason for us being there, then I don't know what to tell you, but if you open your mind, and your heart, to the idea that even these people in the Mid East deserve better than what Saddam was giving them, then maybe you can understand that the brave men and women of our military, are fighting the "good fight", and if we have to kill our enemies over oil, then so be it.

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/04/2008 at 1:55 AM

It is sheer idiocy to equate WWII or the Korean War with what we are doing in Iraq. That's comparing apples to oranges to pears. You say we are in Iraq to rescue the Iraqis, since when do we have to kill people to make them free? And if rescuing the downtrodden is our game, then why aren't we sending troops to stabilize Darfur?

Posted by Barbara Burch on 05/04/2008 at 4:22 PM

What is the name Joe Bialek doing in the Memphis Flyer? That guy must never leave the house. Google his name and you'll see what I mean.

Posted by Derek Haire on 05/04/2008 at 4:27 PM

Dear B, I think that it "is sheer idiocy" to think that oil is the only reason that we are in Iraq so there! It is also "idiocy" to say (or imply) that we are "killing people to make them free!" To my knowledge we are "killing" the ones that "don't want the Iraqis to be free"! Where do you get your news?! And Darfur is a side note that can't be dealt with in the same way that we are handling what was happening in Iraq. Darfur is a civil war that can't be handled by throwing our troops in there. That is a situation that is more akin to what happened in Somalia. You (with the Darfur situation) are the one trying too compare the proverbial apples to oranges. Did you not read my entire comment? Come on. You seem to have just read a part of it and then stopped to fire off something (the Darfur scenario) to deflect me from the point I made. That's a good tactic but it doesn't work on me! And hopefully it won't work on the "thinking" people that read it.

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/05/2008 at 1:46 AM

Judging from his dozens of long posts, Frank M. Boone obviously is on a mission to enlighten those of us poor fools who come to the Flyer site confused and besotted with the possible curse of being "liberal." So, Frank helps out by posting lots of long typo-ridden comments consisting of Limbaugh/neo-con talking points and his magical "facts." He seems to think that if he patrols the site diligently enough and responds to every post or article that contradicts his hard-wired worldview, he will somehow convince progressive-minded Flyer readers to join his cause. The best way to deal with this guy is to ignore him. You can't argue with him or post as often as he does, because I'm guessing he lives with his mom and has access to her computer all day long. Don't feed the troll.

Posted by olemiss on 05/05/2008 at 8:44 AM

olemiss: AMEN

Posted by John Coyote on 05/05/2008 at 7:36 PM

Apparently, Mr. Boone is smoking that cudzu again. Only a man half blind on whiskey or under the influence of a hallucinagenic would defend any of the Bush policies at this point. Guess he finds enjoyment by being in the 19% who think President Lucky Spermatoza is still rad. But hey- his mission was accomplished--Republicans fuck up peace and prosperity every single time. That's why they were put on the earth.

Posted by Billl Smith on 05/05/2008 at 8:30 PM

olemiss: i hear ya.

Posted by Barbara Burch on 05/06/2008 at 9:32 AM

Dear Ole Miss, You are not a credit to your namesake. I know that there is no way to help those like yourself that instead of arguing "fact", you stoop to name calling and something about "under the influence of a hallucinagenic !?" And Mr. Perfect it's spelled "hallucinogenic"! The only reason I post is to debate! I choose to debate facts and you on the other hand choose to make disparaging remarks about the person that you disagree with. I understand that in a battle of wits I am up against a unarmed person when it comes to you, but on the slight chance that there is a "thinking" person out there that does look for the "facts" and not innuendo, I post. Oh yea, that " typo-ridden comments" ?! Is that all you've got!??! Why can't you "point out" where I'm wrong instead of trying to deflect the subject on to me and those typo-ridden comments!!?? "Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil." Plato (427 BC - 347 BC) and this one describes Mr Ole Miss; "The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism." Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919)

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/08/2008 at 1:36 AM

This goes out to rantboy (that name seems appropriate) and olemiss. "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams (1735 - 1826), 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/08/2008 at 1:42 AM

Hey olemiss -- How's the weather where you are?

Posted by Barbara Burch on 05/08/2008 at 8:42 AM

Frankie, old chap...my ability to piss off right wing demagogues must be surging. If my panties were as tightly wadded up as yours, I would be pissed too.

Posted by Billl Smith on 05/08/2008 at 8:56 AM

My Dearest rantboy , thank you for elevating my status to that of a leader but I must let you know that no person has pissed me off, only disappointed me. If by calling me "right wing" puts me in the company of men like Plato and John Adams, then sir I am flattered. I am sad that Debate Team Captain OleMiss has likened himself to a man like Neville Chamberlain though. Calling himself and those that can not see the forest for the trees as "progressive." Taht means that he is "Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods>" Far be it for me to tell him that in the way that progressive is used these days it is an oxymoron. Socialist "ideas" and "methods" have been tried before with dismal and sometimes fatal results. P.S. I wear boxers!

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/10/2008 at 3:48 PM

Is this Frank Boone Sr. or Frank Boone Jr. writing, btw? Just for the record.

Posted by JB on 05/10/2008 at 5:41 PM

It's still there!! Is rantboy a friend or family member? I can't think of any other reason that would make you allow some one to drop the F Word and let it stand in a public forum.

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/10/2008 at 6:29 PM

To my dearest rantboy, this will make your day. I have been told that I will be banned from posting anymore comments if I allow myself to stoop to the low level that you are allowed to post at. Say hi for me to your dad or uncle or whoever is your closest family member there at the Flyer.

Posted by Frank Boone on 05/10/2008 at 7:02 PM
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