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Arresting Art

I was at the Memphis College of Art's BFA opening but missed the "arrest" shenanigans ("Arresting Artwork," December 8th issue). How creative.

I do have a question that appears to have gone unasked: How come someone was able to walk into every high school in the area and take photos without being challenged? Was it maybe because the artist looks like a high school student?

Just thought it worth a mention, what with all the thugs and perverts we are trying to keep out of the schools these days.

Alasdair Halleron



United HousingThanks for the blurb in "The Cheat Sheet" on our project in Frayser (December 8th issue). We appreciate the Flyer's perspective on the development. I thought I would provide your readers with a little more information on United Housing. We are more than just "a group calling itself United Housing, Inc."

UHI is a nonprofit, affordable-housing agency that serves Memphis, Shelby County, and West Tennessee. UHI targets its services to families that are underserved by the traditional home-ownership industry. UHI works to support the revitalization of Memphis neighborhoods by providing home-buyer education and lending and construction services to low-to-moderate-income first-time home buyers and existing home owners. UHI is linked to a national network of more than 230 local nonprofit organizations working to revitalize America's declining neighborhoods.

Since its inception in 1994, UHI has provided home-buyer education and counseling to more than 3,500 first-time home buyers, has built or renovated almost 700 homes, and lent more than $3 million in down-payment, assistance, and rehabilitation loans. In total, UHI has had a $50 million impact on its service area. UHI provides all of its services in both English and Spanish.

Once again, thanks for highlighting the Frayser project!

Paige BeverlyUnited Housing, Inc. Resource Development and Marketing CoordinatorMemphis

Killing Christmas?

I am not sure liberals are trying to kill Christmas (Editor's note, December 8th issue), however, I believe idiots may be. I have an artificial tree in my house with lights on it. Guess what it is. A Christmas tree. My wife and I are sending out cards this year. Do you know what type of cards they are? Christmas cards. Gifts are being exchanged in my family. Need I explain that they are Christmas gifts?

I am not old enough to remember when Charles Dickens wrote his famous A Holiday Carol, but one of my favorite yuletime stories is Clement C. Moore's "'Twas the Night Before the Holidays."

What is Christmas? Christ (the lord and savior) and mass (a religious service). I am not sure what others get when they put the two words together, but I know what I get out of it, and it is more than a "happy holiday."

Hanukkah begins on December 25th this year. (I wonder if Hanukkah is a holiday or religious service?) In any event, if you take off from work around the 25th of December, enjoy your Christian or Jewish holiday. If I do unto others as I wish they would do unto me, then I will wish them a Merry Christmas.

Felix H. Bean III


After observing all the retail stores that advertise "holiday" gifts for sale, rather than Christmas gifts, I now realize who the real Grinches are! The Wise Men would never trade at those establishments!

Joe Mercer


I defy anyone to go into any store where "Christmas" music is playing and hear anything other than the secular standards, such as "Jingle Bells" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

The yellow-bellied cowards who put together the canned music that plays in many retail outlets have caved in to the paranoid philosophies which emanate from the diseased hearts of a tiny minority of atheists and agnostics and attorneys with too much time on their hands. They fight their passionate and endless battle to prohibit others from celebrating Christmas.

Jerry Vanek


Editor's note: Because, as Jesus said in the Bible: "Thou shalt celebrate my birthday with shopping, artificial trees, songs about me, and paranoia ..." Oh, wait ...

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