To the Editor:
Since being appointed Juvenile Court clerk by the county commission in a sickening display of deal-making and vote-swapping, Shep Wilbun has done nothing but grandstand and seek publicity (City Reporter, November 1st issue). Wilbun is adept at thinking up catchy names for programs he says he has initiated. "Decide To Provide" landed him in hot water and now "Funds For Families" is another attempt to grab attention. As far as I can tell, the only funds for families being provided by Wilbun are those funds paid out in fat salaries to his many political appointees.
During my tenure as Juvenile Court clerk I never once faced a lawsuit, as Wilbun now does, for failure to meet the constitutional requirements of my office. Quality services were provided to the children and families of our community in a quiet, efficient, and professional way. Wilbun's constant criticism and endless babble concerning the shortcomings of the "previous administration" are obvious efforts to divert attention from his own dismal record.
As I begin my second year of what has been an enjoyable retirement, I will shortly take a break and work hard to see that Wilbun is not elected to his appointed position. I'll continue to serve my community in that fashion and my efforts shall be titled "Zip the Wilbun Lip!"
C.R."Bob" Martin, Memphis
Naked Ambition II
To the Editor:
I wasn't surprised to read about art being stolen in Memphis (City Reporter, November 1st issue). I too had a painting stolen a few years ago. Wanda Wilson of the P&H Cafe commissioned me to do a reclining nude of her in the style of an Old West saloon painting. The finished painting featured a nude Wanda, with theater masks strategically placed, as she lay upon a comforter floating down the Mississippi with The Pyramid and the "Dolly Parton" bridge in the background. After Wanda hung it in the P&H she had six offers to buy it. She went away for a weekend and when she returned it was gone. I offered to paint another for free but Wanda requested that I not. It would have made a great icon in the P&H but now some thief has it in his private collection. Oh, well.
John Fewkes, Dundee, Mississippi
To the Editor:
Mark Greaney's chilling article ("Harsh Reality TV," November 1st issue) is probably closer to the truth than most of us care to admit. The fact of the matter is, as Greaney points out, the Taliban do not place the same value on life that we Westerners do. And like everyone else in the world they realize that the American press thrives on sensationalism. Unfortunately, I have to agree with Greaney that this is something that will have to be addressed -- and done so from a grassroots level.
Thank you for printing this and the other fine articles that you run.
Mike Cowan, Memphis
To the Editor:
I read the letter from John Polito (Postscript, November 1st issue) arguing that more attention should be paid to fighting nicotine addiction than to illegal drugs and that the anthrax scare is laughable. I would like to point out that nicotine addicts choose their addiction, as do addicts of illegal drugs. No one forced them to take their first puff. Peer pressure is not an excuse. Growing up in a household of smokers is not an excuse. People have to be held accountable for their own actions, and that includes smokers. Tobacco users choose to gamble with the chance of dying as a result of their addiction. I don't think that anyone who has died as a result of anthrax exposure chose to die that way. People can die from it without engaging in any known dangerous behavior.
If all of the tobacco users who are truly sincere about kicking their nicotine addiction would pool the money they spend on tobacco, they could provide themselves with quality clinics to help them fight their addictions. How much money would there be if all the smokers in Memphis would stop smoking for one week and put their money together? People who die from nicotine addiction choose to die that way.
Kimberly White King, Memphis
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