Everyone acknowledges the 23 years of outstanding work Judith Drescher did for the Memphis Public Library, but it's time to move forward ("Checked Out," January 31st issue).
During my years on the City Council, I found Keenon McCloy to be professional, hardworking, and extremely competent. Her knowledge of city government, its finances, structure, and policies, will be invaluable and bring a different mindset to the running of the library. I'm positive those sentiments are shared by all of my former colleagues and anyone else who did business with her.
Just because one has a doctorate of education doesn't guarantee they can run a school system. Likewise, being a former NBA player doesn't assure success in managing a basketball franchise, nor does one need a medical degree to run a hospital. The library presently has many employees with library science degrees from which the new director can call upon for the technical expertise needed.
I feel confident that the library will continue to be one of the best and, with new management, may even become more outstanding.
John C. Vergos
Don't Say "Gay"
When I was in high school, we had to read Don Juan. In art class, we studied and learned about Leonardo da Vinci. But what in the world does the sexuality of Lord Byron and Leonardo have to do with anything ("Don't Say 'Gay,'" January 31st issue)? If the class the students are in is "human sexuality," then fine, go ahead and bring up those things, but don't teach children about things that don't have anything to do with the works of the aforementioned men in literature or art classes.
The subject of sexuality should be the domain of the parents of those children, not the state's.
Frank M. Boone
Stamps and Basketball
I would like to know what genius is responsible for the decision to close all the stamp-vending machines at my post office — and then, to outdo that one, who decided to put most Tiger basketball games exclusively on the cable channel where no one can find it?
I don't think George Bush did either of those things, but it must be someone related to him or working for him. Because he's the only person stupid enough to make these kinds of decisions.
The stamp thing is the most egregious, because now people with handicaps have to stand by their walkers or sit in their wheelchair behind 20 other people and wait for 20 minutes while perfectly healthy people buy their stamps. Of course, they could always order stamps on the Internet. That shouldn't be too hard for a 90-year-old person who doesn't even know how to turn on a computer.
Joe M. Spitzer
When I found out that Governor Bredesen suggested lowering the required GPA for the lottery's HOPE Scholarships, I wasn't happy. I'm a 39-year-old freshman at Austin Peay State University. Yes, I'm an atypical student, but I think we deserve some help too. I don't know the statistics, but I know what I see, and that's a lot of older students. I think the HOPE Scholarship should be made available to us. We could be required to complete a semester in order to have a GPA in which to obtain the scholarship.
Older persons who are trying to obtain an education are more likely to finish school and get a degree. If the GPA required for the HOPE Scholarships continues to be lowered, there will be children in college who have no intention of graduating. By lowering the GPA for this scholarship, you're giving them another reason to just "get by." People will try harder to reach a goal if they really want it.
By lowering the GPA requirement, a lot of high school students will do just what they have to to get a 2.7 and no more. Older students need financial help too.
Indian Mound, Tennessee