Michael Finger did a good job of showing some of Memphis' butt-ugly buildings in his "Eyesores" article (November 3rd issue). He hit on key points, explaining how the buildings came to be in their current sorry state.
The Cossitt Library is a disgrace, as the article put it, but what happens now? Do we care? I think we should.
The Sterick Building should be saved. All it needs is someone who gives a damn. I know it's a big project, but we have seen downtown make a comeback that is nothing short of a miracle. The Sterick is a place that would be special to our new urbanites because of its character and history.
I have lived on South Main for over 17 years and have seen the Church of God in Christ in non-action for years. There were signs behind the Chisca Hotel that read, "Watch the Miracle of '86 Unfold." Over the next 10 years, we saw the signs rot and get run over by brushhogs. I would love to see a change, but I'll believe it when I see it.
The Cannon Performing Arts Center sculpture? The public would be better served if you had written intelligently about the artist, Vito Acconci, and some of his other projects. Some people actually think Memphis is lucky to have the piece.
The Sears Crosstown building? It would cost big bucks to rehab, but Midtown as well as downtown would benefit. This building could house two megastores. Look at New York City: It has Home Depots and Targets in wonderful old downtown buildings. Why can't we?
It is sad to see things go by the wayside and be forgotten -- things that should be important, things that can't be replaced when we lose them. It's good that the dialog is open. What we need now is some constructive solutions.
I enjoyed the article on Memphis eyesores. I really miss the old Cossitt Library. It had class. If you ever decide to add to your list, I hope you will consider the art building at the University of Memphis. I believe it is in the architectural style of "mimimalist deplorable."
I know what that thing is outside the Cannon Center. It is a giant horn in the sprout stage. Many things musical have their roots in Memphis, including musical-instrument production. If left alone, it will grow into a giant horn (possibly a French horn), which can be harvested and sold. The Hard Rock Cafe chain is expected to buy 80 percent of this year's crop of giant instruments.
Regarding the editorial "Judging Alito" (November 3rd issue): The Flyer associates Alito's unworthiness as a judge to the hurricane response efforts of Michael Brown. Using Katrina as an argument is wrong. We all know that FEMA was not allowed into New Orleans in the beginning by the mayor and governor. Alito has written an estimated 300 rulings and participated in roughly 1,500 cases in 15 years on the bench. The issue is that he is one who fights for restoring the Constitution's preeminence as the basis for law and justice in America, not judicial fiat. The Democrats would have us see the Constitution as an irrelevant historical relic. He has a track record that illustrates a sound originalist judicial philosophy.
Charles Gillihan Memphis
George Bush's "war on terror" in Iraq has nearly matched the American
casualty count of 9/11. I'm not sure what god Bush worships, but my God is pretty pissed off.
The U.S. Senate need not investigate what went wrong with the Iraq war. It's obvious: The oil industry couldn't manipulate gas prices in America without taking control of Iraq. We had to have control of that before gas could rise $2 per gallon. Most Americans have forgotten Dick Cheney's infamous secret energy meetings -- and that the average price of gas was $1.35 at the time of Bush's second inauguration.
No matter how inept this administration appears, it's exactly on target if its primary objective has been orchestrating a gusher of profits for the oil industry. Bush's base has been fooled again. The American family is paying the price so that others can get something for nothing.
Scott W. WebbNashville