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Boxing Is a Sin

To the Editor:

Thanks for Ron Martin's article on the morality of boxing ("The Killing Field," May 16th issue). If people were honest, they would acknowledge that boxing is a serious sin and morally wrong. To deliberately intend serious harm to another human being cannot be justified by anyone claiming the Christian faith. Would that pulpits would denounce this cruelty as vigorously as they denounce abortion and not accepting Jesus.

Ray Berthiaume


Familiar Pig?

To the Editor:

Is that the Leonard's Pit Bar-B-Que pig on the cover of your May 16th issue? If not, who is it? I'm 47 years old and have lived in Memphis all my life, and I know I've seen it somewhere.

John Scott


Editor's note: The pig photo was downloaded from a national photography service. It is not a local pig as far as we know. It did, however, scare the bejeezus out of our art director, Carrie Beasley, who used it only because the editor liked it.

A Quote From Arthur

To the Editor:

In his highly informative interview with AC Wharton (Politics, May 16th issue), Jackson Baker quoted Wharton as saying, "I hope nobody will take my preference for civility and sticking to the issues to mean that I'm going to be their doormat ... ."

That caused me to recall what the late John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address on January 16th, 1961: "So let us begin anew remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness and sincerity is always subject to proof."

Arthur Prince


RDC Is Overshooting

To the Editor:

The Riverfront Development Corporation has truly overshot its mark (Viewpoint, May 9th issue). Yes, there is a lot of work to be done downtown, but I don't understand why we can't fix what we already have instead of relying on an overpriced, environmentally invasive, logistically uncertain land bridge to make downtown a more attractive and lucrative area.

While the RDC is dredging the Mississippi River, the Sterrick building one of the most architecturally beautiful in Memphis will still be standing empty and rotting, all 30 stories of it. While the RDC is trying to lure major corporations to build their headquarters on compacted river sand, the historic Greenlaw neighborhood will still be fighting to preserve its eroding identity. And while riverfront construction is tying up downtown traffic for several years, the river will be laughing at all the people who think they can tell it where to go.

Memphis badly needs downtown development, but we do not now or ever need a land bridge. It's time for Mayor Herenton to take some leadership in keeping the RDC on task.

Jon Devin


Viva Cuba

To the Editor:

The Cuban embargo has hurt Americans more than it has hurt Cuba. As consumers, we have to pay more for our produce. The American farmers do not have the freedom to sell their goods to Cuba. We do not have the freedom to legally travel to Cuba. We have cut off our nose to spite our face. And now it is so obvious that the president is bowing to the right-wing Cuban community in southern Florida as he steps up the embargo and the restrictions.

I urge all Americans to practice civil disobedience and travel to that beautiful island with its friendly natives and experience life without Burger Kings and drive-through culture, life with cleaner air and without road rage, stress, billboards, and traffic jams. It's life as it once was and as it could be without the corporate hucksters and predators.

Don Johnson

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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