Regarding David F. Busby's letter to the editor (December 10th issue): There is a federal law on the books that does not allow any government money to be used to pay for abortions. Period. No one is "for abortion," but many people are supportive of the rights of women to make their own choices about their health and their bodies, and that is private between women and their physicians.
You are so concerned about "innocent babies." How concerned are you once they have exited the womb? Are you in favor of covering uninsured babies for health care? Are you in favor of increases in SCHIP (Bush and the Republicans opposed it), which funds health care for millions of uninsured children in this country? Are you in favor of government funding of schools to ensure that America's children get a good education? Are you in favor of welfare and food stamps for parents who need help to feed and clothe and house their children?
Did you support Bush's invasion of Iraq? Are you ready to provide help to the thousands of Iraqi babies and children who suffer from disease and deformities because of their exposure to depleted uranium that our troops used in Iraq? Are you for the death penalty? Unless you are also anti-war, anti-death penalty, and pro-helping innocent babies and children who need health care, food, clothing, a place to live, and a decent education, you are not "pro-life." You are only pro-birth.
I would hope that the vegetarian writer of the letter in the November 26th issue only purchases his vegetables from no-animal-killing organic farms. USDA standards only give the designation "organic" to farms that do not use pesticides to deter insects, disease, deer, or other wildlife from eating the crops. Deer, rabbits, and squirrels do not observe the seasons. They leave some for future growth and use.
Humans who hunt can legally take only so many game animals, so that we still have some left to reproduce for next season. Organic farms depend on hunters to prevent total crop loss, so they may remain in business selling their produce to those who do not wish to eat the meat of any animal. Yet these people do not realize or admit how dependent they are upon the death of animals to have something to eat.
I would hope that the writer understands that hunting saves his future meals from being eaten by herbivores that don't understand the concept of sharing with other species as well as he does.
I just enjoyed a movie about a lone ghetto kid snatched from the oblivion of a worthless educational experience by a wonderful Southern woman, only to be groomed for NCAA servitude as an amateur athlete at the family's very own Southern university ("Partial Sight," November 19th issue).
It felt good and uplifting to watch this youth leave behind his fellows in the dead-end culture of drugs and prostitution to satisfy the desires of the university's supporters of excellence in football. They will cheer for him until, as a professional with wealth and fame, he may turn to bling, tattoos, diamond earrings, and beautiful women and jeopardize his career in the NFL, one of America's favorite gambling outlets.
Bass Pro Fan
While serving on the Downtown Neighborhood Association, I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Hagle, president of Bass Pro Shops. I was a proponent of the Pyramid plan from the beginning. This project will be the most successful project in the history of downtown Memphis.
Those stuck on the issue of this project taking so long need to look at the bigger issues: A simple trip to the Bartlett Bass Pro store this weekend will extinguish any preconceived notions about the retailer appealing to a narrow demographic. Go to the store and see kids engaged in Christmas activities. Witness shoppers of every persuasion purchasing goods that you had no idea the store carried. The place is always busy.
The Bass Pro-Pyramid project is a marriage made in heaven. It will sit in the heart of "outdoor America" and offer tremendous access to out-of-towners. It will present opportunities for a Riverfront Park that begs for attention. It will give kids educational and fun things to do that won't require a $29 all-day pass. It will bring jobs, prosperity, and a constant flow of visitors to downtown.