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Herenton: The Exit Interview

In light of Mayor Herenton's resignation from the city's chief political throne ("Willie Herenton: The Exit Interview," July 2nd issue), Memphis is embarking on a potential political rebirth, during which a change in priorities is hopefully a possibility.

As evidenced by last year's devastating $66 million cut in school funding, the education of Memphis' youth has not been a priority focus of Memphis politics. Clearly, given the plethora of monumental issues that this country/city currently faces (the economy, the war, health care, etc.), something must take the backburner. Unfortunately, it seems that education always takes the cake as "most expendable major issue," and now it seems that Memphis is suffering for it.

Recent statistics, such as the startling infant-mortality rate, the outstanding number of teenage pregnancies, and the disturbing amount of violent crime cannot (must not) be ignored.

What we as constituents of Memphis, and our elected representatives, appear to ignore are not necessarily the aforementioned issues but rather the possibility that quality, informed education is the needed catalyst to combat these unacceptable, socially reprehensible trends.

E.P. Burns

Memphis

What strikes me most about Mayor Herenton's comment about Congressman Steve Cohen is the hypocritical manner in which people are reacting to his "horrible" language. As if 99 percent of Flyer readers don't use this same language in their own lives. Please, give me a break. At least Herenton is man enough to say what he means.

That colorful and funny moniker should really be applied to the uninformed sheep who voted for Cohen in the first place. It's funny how his supporters condemned spending money on the Iraq war but now say nothing about the congressman voting to spend another $80 billion for the war in Afghanistan.

Herenton will disassemble Cohen on election day in 2010, and it will be good for Memphis. Unfortunately, we now have no muscle or respect in Washington. Think I am being dramatic? Why don't people ask Cohen how he worked with the president and helped bring home zero TARP dollars?

Tommy Volinchak

Memphis

Why all the hubbub? Hizzoner, the mayor, uses "asshole" as a term of endearment. The former bodyguards and other unqualified cronies he has appointed to high office are proof.

Jim Easter

Memphis

Thaddeus Matthews

Thaddeus Matthews and his talk show on KWAM-AM 990 should be canceled. From his pelting of Mayor Wharton to his racist talk to his stupid conversations about whores and men and women cheating on their spouses, Matthews is an embarrassment, not only to his tiny group of uneducated listeners but to the whole city.

It's similar to Mayor Herenton calling Steve Cohen an asshole. Pandering to poorly educated folks does not help the city move forward. I thought we were moving past the racist antics displayed recently by Herenton and Matthews.

J.C. Mitchell

Memphis

Terrorism?

In Booker Davis' letter to the editor (July 2nd issue), he asserts his foundation as "school." I assume he is referring to revisionist statist/humanistic schooling. As far as Native Americans go, they were nomadic in nature; the settlers did not "steal" their land. The North was guilty of buying/selling slaves and selling them to the Caribbean islands. African Americans were traded as currency in Africa.

In America, many learned trades and Christian principles of charity, etc. Most of our hospitals were formed by Christendom: Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, etc. How many atheist (read "left-wing") hospitals, charities, or orphanages do we find in America? Christianity formed the first orphanages, hospitals, schools, and charitable organizations.

Davis equates all "right-wing" groups with terrorists but left out the secular humanist/atheists (Stalin, Chinese communists, etc.) that slaughtered millions. He compares al-Qaeda to the KKK. I think the death toll is a tad bit different.

The actions of some adherents of a belief system do not determine the truth of that system. Right-wingers aren't destroying our country; Obama's Marxism is. Historically, Marxism destroys quality, and incentives die out, leaving only poverty.

Charles Gillihan

Bartlett

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