About Chris Davis' cover story, "Symphony Sunset" ...
It would be helpful if the MSO were to look inward — to the Memphis region — to bring in extraordinary talent instead of always feeling that pulling in players from elsewhere — at higher cost, from ads to auditions to hire — will magically return fivefold in dollars. That just doesn't happen these days. There are individuals in the symphony who bear grudges, and word gets around that there is a poisoned atmosphere. Why should a local musician who isn't well-connected even bother with them?
About Kevin Lipe's column, "Griz at the Break" ...
Looking at the three teams ahead of the Griz; the Mavs have the best player and best coach; the Warriors have the most talent and the easiest remaining schedule; and the Suns have what? Dragic? There's no excuse at this point for the Griz not to pass the Suns in the standings. The Griz are only a half-game behind them. They are healthier than the Suns. Their schedule is about the same in terms of home/road and +500 teams. They have already won the season series. The Griz have more talent top-to-bottom than the Suns. More salary. And both teams are coached by rookie coaches.
- Greg Cravens
About Jackson Baker's Politics column detailing Steve Mulroy's apprehension of a thief ...
Is chasing a thief across downtown for $20 indicative of something mayoral that should elicit my vote? If so, I need it spelled out.
About an act of kindness ...
Yesterday, during lunch hour, I was driving west on Park Avenue, stopping several yards from the stoplight at Park and Colonial Drive. I witnessed an older, blind African-American gentleman gently escorted across the street by a younger Caucasian gentleman. As soon as he ensured that the older man was safely across Park, the younger man sprinted back to his car that he'd abruptly parked to the side on Colonial.
This was one of those singular moments in life that — albeit far and few between — restores faith in humanity. Race shouldn't be significant to reference, but it is important only to convey that at that moment, race was entirely insignificant. All that mattered was a man's safety across that busy street during lunch hour.
We should all adopt that generosity of spirit.
G. Delise Walker
About the announcement of the Beale Street Music Fest's lineup ...
Someone at MIM should be fired for this B.LLSH.T! Who is going to come from out of town to book a hotel room for this crap? What a set-back from the last few years. Kid Rock does state fairs and NASCAR events these days.
Snoop Dog didn't headline the last time he was here, so why would he in 2014? Foster The People? One hit wonder.
Absolutely no comparison to Jazz Fest's stellar lineup playing simultaneously or Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta playing the next week. A HUGE step back after a few very good years.
The "no comparison to Jazz Fest" comments are always so annoying. Of course it's no comparison to Jazz Fest. It's a smaller-scale festival for a smaller city at a smaller ticket price.
About the state of Mississippi ...
As a voluntary resident of the state of Mississippi, it sickens and saddens me that while this state ranks dead last in median income and life expectancy but first in poverty, obesity, and heart disease, our esteemed legislative body found it necessary and vital to our future well-being to address the glaring lack of the words "In God We Trust" in the state motto.
What they should have added is, "In God We Trust, but His Hippie Son Can Stick It Where the Sun Don't Shine."
Look away, Dixieland. Turn your head in shame.