As a Memphis resident for 30 years, I have always enjoyed the Flyer. I especially enjoy the Rant by Tim Sampson, the columns by Bruce VanWyngarden, the After Dark music schedule, restaurant reviews, and the feature articles, such as "Do Ask, Do Tell" (June 2nd issue).
As much as I look forward to grabbing the latest Flyer each Wednesday, today I again considered never reading another issue. The reason I am so angry and disgusted is because you have once again printed a letter to the editor from one of the most arrogant, obnoxious a--holes in Memphis and perhaps all of Tennessee. Having once resigned from the Downtown Neighborhood Association because of my disgust with Tommy Volinchak, I was delighted when he opted to leave downtown. I only wish that he would leave Memphis, leave Tennessee, leave the U.S., or ideally, leave the planet. I can only plead with you to consider the impact that Volinchak and his attacks have on caring, devoted Memphians. Please, no more.
Every month, a number of us out here in Flyer-land scratch our heads and wonder why your publication is so enamored of the letter-writing skills of Tommy Volinchak, the self-proclaimed "Bad-Ass Ukrainian American." His most recent tirade was directed at the various bike-lane projects the city is studying for the greater Midtown area. Of course, Volinchak is against the lanes; he seems to be against every progressive idea floating around the city of Memphis.
While we all wish he would harness that great sense of urgency he seems to possess and become a contributing participant in the civic debates that go on in this city, we realize that this is an impossibility. He seems content to hammer away on his computer, bitching and complaining to further feed his hyperactive, bloated ego. If his invective is indeed the best the other side has to offer, I guess we here in the progressive community should exhale and congratulate one another for getting our message across so succinctly.
Midtown Action Coalition
Have No Mercer
Joe Mercer's letter to the editor (May 26th issue) was yet another example of the type of invective he mercilessly spews about all things Memphis that he has regularly published in local newspapers for years.
His latest letter I assume was intended to be humorous but raises a serious question about the author. If Mercer really considers himself — in all his smarmy arrogance — to be superior to everyone and everything in Memphis, why does he continue to live here?
When I read that the proposed Republican budget called for a tax cut of $100,000 a year for those earning $1,000,000 annually while increasing the amount poor seniors on fixed incomes have to pay for health care by $6,000 a year, I was shocked. Like much of the Republican budget, the math just doesn't work. And in a year when the major oil companies are on track to make a record profit of $136 billion, our friends in the Republican party are opposed to cutting off the $4 billion in corporate welfare we taxpayers give them each year.
I can't fathom the economic sense in taking away Medicare and Social Security with the pretense of "helping" our economy. Does anyone really think that once we have stripped our elderly of their health care that they will simply just conveniently vanish? Hardly. They will wait until their condition requires emergency treatment and then the tab will be thousands of times higher than if they had had access to proper care. And guess who picks up that huge tab? Taxpayers.
The recent special election in New York was encouraging. It shows that silly and irrational appeals to the emotions are offset by sanity and rational thinking. Ranting about guns, gays, and abortion may sway a few voters, but thankfully the vast majority are still smart enough not to vote to cut their own throats.
I enjoyed Mad Merc's "Comment of the Week" in your May 26th issue: "I don't have a problem with God so much. It's his fan club that is so annoying." I like Ghandi's version even better: "I have no problem with your Christ. I love your Christ. It's just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Nice cover story — "After the Flood" — by the way.
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