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Dennis Freeland

To the Editor:

It is so heartwarming to see the Flyer's tribute to Dennis Freeland in the paper (January 10th issue) and on your Web site. The stories told by your writers didn't focus so much on Dennis the editor or sportswriter as much as they did on Dennis the mentor, friend, role model, community leader.

I was fortunate enough to have worked with Dennis at several Anytown programs in the 1990s. His dedication and enthusiasm helped make Anytown what it was. Perhaps it was his ability to relate to anyone, regardless of age, race, class, or political affiliation. Whatever it was, it worked.

I learned many things from Dennis, but the way he handled the last months of his life was probably the greatest lesson I will take from him. Dennis impacted more Memphians' lives than he would have ever known. He worked hard to improve what Memphis needs to improve most: race relations. More important, he was able to motivate others to do the same.

Kevin Watts

Long Beach, California

To the Editor:

I was deeply saddened to learn of Dennis Freeland's passing. Dennis was a prominent and beloved member of our community who left us too soon. My prayers are with his family and loved ones.

Dennis will be remembered for his integrity, compassion, love of Memphis sports, and unfailing kindness and humility. He will also be remembered for the extraordinary courage he rallied to fight his illness.

Our community will remember Dennis as the editor of The Memphis Flyer, the publication he guided and shaped for so many years. He understood what was important and gave voice to a broad range of views and perspectives. Memphis is a better place as a result of his devotion to journalism.

Although all of us will miss Dennis Freeland, his family and loved ones feel the deepest loss. I extend my condolences and heartfelt sympathies to those he left behind.

Congressman Harold Ford Jr.


To the Editor:

Dennis Freeland was a candle in the murk. It is important to publicly acknowledge that acute, smart, honest writing is appreciated, honored, and valued. Dennis was a good man, a big-hearted man, who nevertheless approached his job with clear eyes and an integrity that will be missed. If there's a heaven we can only hope he's looking down on his frenetic hometown and using his unearthly wiles to keep us straight. Requiescat in pace.

Corey Mesler


Amused By Molly

To the Editor:

I read with great amusement the Viewpoint by Molly Ivins (January 10th ussue). Is she engaged in some type of rage therapy or just trying to be politically correct and knock the current administration? It is clear from her ranting that she is paying attention to Sunday morning TV (Meet the Press surfaced the Daschle obstructionist label two weeks ago). She could at least give proper credit to the program that came up with the story.

As far as her angst over tax breaks being doled out, not to worry. Don Sundquist, Tennessee's tax-and-spend Republican party buster, has a plan for any refund "the rich folks" may get now or in the future. Even though a good liberal like Ivins surely returned hers to the Treasury or some equally deserving charity. As for me, I'm not rich; I spent mine on a new American-made washing machine.

Memo to Ms. Ivins: Dry your eyes, change your diaper, and get over it! Gore lost and so will Daschle when he runs. America bears the scars of eight years of do-nothing, liberal-establishment, tax-and-spend programs which do not address our country's interests. The surplus you seem so concerned with is going to fight the terror network that mysteriously took root during the Clinton-Gore administration.

Al Tredway

Lakeland, Tennessee

What Polls?

To the Editor:

In a letter to the editor (January 10th issue) Thomas Jones alluded to "three separate polls showing broad support for a new arena."

What three polls? My perspective is that any accurate polling of public sentiment will reveal a majority negative attitude toward building a new arena. That's why a public referendum was out of the question.

Go, Duncan. Go, Heidi.

Bob Roesler


Just Dandy

To the Editor:

So Tamara Mitchell-Ford wants respect (City Reporter, January 10th issue)? Well, isn't that just dandy? From the things she said in the article it sounds to me like she wants attention and money. She went on and on about how devoted she was and how horrible these women who broke up her family were. She said she wants to be allowed to sue and collect damages because these women "came into [her] home and took [her] life."

So who is she planning to sue? Not the women she says attacked her family. Certainly not the woman she attacked with her car. No, she wants to sue her ex-husband, John. She just sued him for divorce and custody and won both so she must feel she's on a roll. But like many ex-wives she apparently wants to keep on dragging him through it until he's dead.

Fine. But what about the effect of this on the children? Tamara says she loves them so much. How do you suppose it affects the children to have a mother who physically attacks people and drives while drunk?

Robert Hughes, Germantown

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