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To the Editor:

Now is the time when we all need to pull together and support the NBA in Memphis. We can't just sit and watch Memphians continue spending the entertainment dollars in Tunica. We must provide more high-profile entertainment.

Even more importantly, an NBA team will help other employers recruit top-level talent to the city. If the NBA comes, we'll be the only city within a six-state radius to have a team. We are a city ready for growth. We have a local group, and FedEx, who are ready and able to invest in this project.

We can't let this opportunity pass us by. A new arena is needed, and the pursuit team has already developed a financial plan that creates a viable and effective public-private partnership. I urge you to support the efforts to bring an NBA team to Memphis.

Michael H. Thompson, Chairman and CEO, Thompson & Company, Memphis

To the Editor:

To the professional, testosterone-driven corporate supporters of the $250 million Grizzlies arena I offer a deal: I will vote "aye" and work hard for a referendum that irrevocably ties a publicly financed arena to a consolidation of county and city -- administration, courts, police, health department, schools, etc. The savings from a unified metro government like the one in Nashville would probably pay for the white elephant arena in 25 years.

It's not the lack of a money-sucking, declining sports team that makes us a small town but rather a racially divided, patronage-driven, inefficiently run government.

Gene Katz, Memphis

To the Editor:

The arena could be built in exchange for letting the public own a minority share of the NBA team. Offer 5 million shares at $50 each. A pursuit team with an ownership group of 500,000 people would send a powerful message that Memphis is ready. NBA Now.

Teddy King, Memphis

Dog Deaths

To the Editor:

I just finished reading your puff piece on the Memphis Animal Shelter ("A Dog's Life," April 26th issue). You say that they are doing the best they can under the circumstances and the problem will be fixed with a new building.

The problem with this city murdering 13,000 dogs a year will not be fixed with a new building, though I suspect they will become more efficient at what they are doing. Las Vegas has adopted an aggressive "zero euthanasia" policy for its animal shelter, as have Dallas, New York, and Phoenix. A new building won't cure anything without a fundamental change in thinking on the part of our city managers.

Your newspaper could be a voice for the 13,000 dogs who die each year. Instead, you preach that things will be better in the "sweet by- and-by."

Clark D. King, Memphis

Festival Moments

To the Editor:

You won't see this in the CA, I bet: When Bob Dylan's bus came down the Riverwalk to the south (AutoZone) stage at the Beale Street Music Fest, the full moon was shining down. And in the bus' front windows three "full moons" shone upon us as well!

That's okay, what a great show they put on!

Dan Spector, Memphis

To the Editor:

It's no wonder that America is losing its war on drugs. After attending the Memphis in May music festival Sunday afternoon, it appears that we have already surrendered. I had expected to see the usual sloppy drunks down there but was surprised to be surrounded by kids smoking methamphetamine in glass pipes, adults selling drugs, and the air saturated with dope smoke. There were no signs of any attempt to curb the open use of drugs. This was particularly disturbing when I saw very young children with their parents. What are they thinking when they see teenagers doing this?

I suppose that like everything else in our culture today money is the supreme ruler. Perhaps calculations have been made indicating that not allowing drugs into the festival would cut attendance and reduce profits. Reduced profits are no longer an option in our society, for any reason.

This will be my last visit to the festival.

Roy Tamboli, Memphis

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