Strippers and Common Sense
A big bravo to Bianca Phillips for her "rant" in the December 21st issue. At last, some common sense. When I learned of the raid on local strip clubs, I nearly busted a gut. Now, let me get this straight: Law officials are targeting legal-aged consenting adults participating in events behind closed doors of their own free will? Am I missing something here?
The silly grandstanding of city and county officials over their conquest and the media hoopla over this was simply ridiculous. Don't worry about rampant muggings, car-jackings, and random shootings; the strip clubs are shut down! Oh, yeah, I feel safer.
Memphis is well known for its wild topless bars, and I think it's pretty cool. Who really wants to live in squeaky-clean Mayberry? You have to have some flavor, a little spice.
So, again, a big thank you to Phillips for taking such a brave and perhaps unpopular stand against this puritanical, invasive mentality. There are some people in Memphis with logic and common sense.
Thanks to Bianca Phillips for her comments about the waste of time and resources on the strip-club investigations. I think most people are more worried about protection in their neighborhoods and areas where they work, shop, and visit than they are about what is going on inside the strip clubs. The time and money would have been better spent addressing burglaries, robberies, and other crimes that endanger the peace of mind, safety, and lives of Memphis citizens.
Charter Commission Suggestions
The members of the Memphis Charter Commission have the opportunity to make a real difference in the way city government is run.
Here are a few suggestions: Limit the city mayor and City Council to two terms. Prohibit elected and appointed officials from doing business with the city or any entity that receives city funding. Require line-item budgeting, and prohibit switching money from one item that has been approved for another item without joint approval of mayor and council. Redefine the titles and number of mayoral appointees. Restrict elected officials from voting membership on any city or county board or commission. Require that all official city documents, including ordinances, contracts, etc., be posted on the city Web site in timely fashion. Prohibit the sale of MLGW without voter approval.John LuntConcerned Citizens of Memphis
The fortune cookie I received with my lunch Wednesday stated, "Something interesting will happen soon at work." Boy, did it. I wrote a letter to the Flyer that was published in the December 14th issue about the University of Tennessee plagiarizing an ad campaign that the University of Memphis has been using since 2002. In the subsequent issue (December 21st), Kevin Mitchell wrote a letter stating that it was "interesting" that I would "presume to call into question the integrity" of UT, accusing me of "throwing around reckless, inflammatory accusations" and calling into question my originality of thought and creativity. By omission, he missed two points.
First, as I wrote before, the "UM" campaign was launched in 2002. The examples Mitchell provides were made public after the U of M's campaign was launched. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the universities he cited are not marketing in the state of Tennessee to the same audience as the University of Memphis.
David Maddox Memphis
That Tasty Orange Glow
I have enjoyed numerous culinary delights in Memphis, many of which were prompted by the Flyer's food news features. However, I was astonished by the kudos expressed for La Baguette in the December 28th issue (Recommended Dish). Any Francophile in this city will testify that La Baguette's breads, pastries, and cakes offer no more a parallel to true French baking techniques and tastes than eating a bacon-and-egg Croissan'wich. The French bread at La Baguette glows orange like the complexion of a Germantown teenager, with an inner white pulp that disregards taste for fluff.
Jerry E. Chipuk