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What's That Again?

A look back at the year's best on-line comments and "What They Said" illustrations.

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You've read what we had to say; now read what you had to say.

It's all here: Willie Herenton resigning, then taking it back; the Tigers going all the way to the championship game; and politics, politics, and more politics.

• About the commemorative "Blues Notes" placed along Beale Street:

"Is there any explainable earthly reason why my name and those of Pat Kerr and John Tigrett should be placed alongside the true masters and heroes of American music: W.C. Handy, Otis Redding, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam and Dave, and Elvis Presley!?! This is a travesty to Memphis music." — IsaacTigrett

"Tigrett's letter is some angry throw down on his stepmother, Ms. Pat Kerr Tigrett. There seems to be some sort of nasty family feuding going on." — Summerlib

• About "New Day at the Shelter" by Bianca Phillips, who reported that the former Albuquerque animal shelter director is coming to Memphis:

"An animal services director with shelter experience. Yay. Now if we could just get the city to hire a library services director with library experience." — B

• About "Willie Herenton to Resign":

"This is a great day for Memphis — like having simultaneous brain and heart transplants in a previously dying patient." — mmiddle

• About "Cinderella Don't Do Tats," an analysis of the Memphis Tigers' so-called Cinderella season and the tattoos worn by some players — an article that some readers apparently thought was: 1) negative and 2) written by Frank Murtaugh:

"Calling Frank Murtaugh 'anti-Tiger' is like calling Santa Claus anti-Christmas. The man loves the Tigers. And this article is POSITIVE regarding the Tigers. How clueless can you possibly be, anyway?" — wino

• About "Chick-fil-A to Demolish Cumberland Presbyterian Building:

"What's the big deal? We can always travel to visit cities with a varied and rich architectural heritage. We don't need good architecture here in this rathole." — packrat

• About "Doing Pennsylvania with Bill and Hill," by Jackson Baker:

"The Empire Strikes Back in Pennsylvania." — tomguleff

• About the possible conversion of the Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops instead of Greg Ericson's theme-park proposal:

"The theme park was a brilliant idea that seemed to make sense economically. The Bass Pro idea is terrible. Realistically, how much business will it do, especially since there's already a Bass Pro in Memphis? Common sense is a precious commodity indeed." — pcolinjr

• From "Complete Street," an article about ways to improve the Main Street Mall:

"I am all for making downtown as attractive and as bustling as possible, but we need to stop dreaming that this city can support retail that it has no record of supporting, in areas where the market clearly doesn't exist." — Jack

• About "Mayor and City Council Mull Putting School Board Out of Business":

"Wow. I like my power grabs naked, for sure, but this is a daring daylight coup." — stork

• About "Tinker Gets Nod Again from Emily's List," by Jackson Baker:

"Let's see ... John Branston is a racist because he referenced Lean on Me, now Steve Cohen's a misogynist thanks to a Fatal Attraction reference. Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe, just maybe, film critics are potentially the most wicked people on the planet? I DEMAND CHRIS HERRINGTON'S HEAD ON A PIKE. THAT DUDE TALKS ABOUT MOVIES ALL THE TIME AND NOBODY HAS THE GUTS TO STOP HIM!!!!!" — autoegocrat

• About college radio, one of the "Bright Ideas" for Memphis:

"I love WEVL, but it is NOT a college-radio format. You could only think so if you've never heard an authentic college-radio station. Which is a forgivable mistake to make, because you live in Memphis, which doesn't have one." — YaYa's Papa

• About "MATA's Moment of Truth," by John Branston and Mary Cashiola:

"If MATA wants people that have a choice in transportation to choose the bus, they need to create a system that is more convenient than driving and not a huge pain in the ass." — melanie

• About "McCain's Strategy: What Is He Doing?" by Bruce VanWyngarden:

"If I were McCain's campaign manager, I would stay half-blind on whiskey all day, every day until the election." — rantboy

• About "White Power Summit Planned for Olive Branch":

"These people should be completely ignored. They have no power and very, very small testicles." — 38103


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