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Each week, editorial cartoonist Greg Cravens illustrates a reader comment from the articles on The Flyer staff looked over every illustration from the past year, and after much deliberation, we've chosen these as our top 10.

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About Jackson Baker's Politics Blog post, "Judge Joe Brown Uncorks a Shocker, Taunting Weirich About Her Sexuality" ...

"Does this mean that Joe Brown won't be attending the annual Memphis Pride Parade?"

Tom Guleff

About Toby Sells' cover story, "Trolley Trials"...

"Without the trolleys, it's like the heart has been ripped out of Downtown Memphis. They truly were the heart, soul, and glue that held everything together. The sooner they're back, the better off everyone will be. It's sad to read that many businesses are suffering. What makes this really disappointing is this entire episode could've been avoided had competent management been in place. I do feel Ron Garrison has a good handle on the situation, and I feel confident in his leadership."

Midtown Mark

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About Toby Sells' story, "Confederate Heritage Groups Vow to Fight Park Name Changes" ...

"Health Sciences Park, Mississippi River Park, and Memphis Park. Good Lord, how about just Tree Park, Grass Park, and Wino Park (let's be real)? Or since the Confederates surrendered Memphis after 15 minutes of battle, how about Slam Bam Thank You Ma'am Park?" — CL Mullins


About Bruce VanWyngarden's letter from the editor on an email comparing President Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin ...

"Obama thinks before he acts; personally, I really like a thinking president, for a change. I can see why Putin is Palin's idol — two of a kind ..."

Brenda Beasley Berretta


From "Not Okay, Cupid," Kerry Crawford's column about her problems with online dating, in which she complained of too many pictures of dudes holding fish ...

"Yes, 90 percent of men in Memphis are rednecks with camo hats. Is this surprising? You live in the South. Also, don't begrudge someone because they have an outdoor-related hobby. Boats are fun. Fishing is relaxing. Fishing is better than sitting around watching Netflix night after night."



About Chris Shaw's post, "Arrests Made at Fast Food Strike" ...

"Ya B1971, a living wage is unhealthy! We need an undead wage!" — Ern


From "Death Policy," about proposals for sedation and live-feed cameras in the animal shelter's euthanasia room. In the comments, one person said the Bible doesn't condone mistreatment of animals. Here's the response ...

"The Bible is A-OK with lots of things we don't condone today. Like, you know, dashing the babies of your enemies against rocks, stoning disrespectful children, keeping slaves, having your women be silent in church. Do you honestly think that if Jesus were here today and you invited him to a dogfight, he'd be all like 'Not a sin, so let's go. I love me some dogfighting.'?" — Jeff


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.

Brunetto Latini

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From "Haslam, Ramsey State Positions on Meth, Medicaid, Vouchers, Guns, and More," an article about Haslam's conservative views ...

"So from what hillbilly law school did that slack-jawed yokel Ron Ramsey graduate? The Blountville Moose Lodge?" — Robert Ritchie

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About Bianca Phillips' story on animal fighting, "For the Birds (and Dogs)" ...

"A last-minute amendment has been added by Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) to allow the trunking of poor, gay, uninsured schoolchildren. I'm not sure how that will affect passage." — Chris in Midtown


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