A Wake-up Call?
To the Editor:
The Flyer's cover story on daycare ("The Daycare Dilemma," February 21st issue) was, I hope, a wake-up call to responsible lawmakers and diligent parents. The problems we see with child care are the same we see with elder care. Integrity is at an all-time low in business today, and the children and elderly are the easiest to scam because they have no voice.
To say both systems are broken is true. To say the politicians will fix it is a lie. Until these situations personally affect them they will continue to see them as someone else's problems. Our political leaders don't use subsidized child care or elder care. They make enough to afford reputable care for their vulnerable family members. It's like asking a single guy what it's like to be married. It just doesn't make sense.
There is a way to make it work and work well. In researching child care around the country and around the world I've found many systems in urban situations that work and many, like Memphis', that don't. We should learn from cities and states that are successful. There is no need to be a pioneer in something such as child care. Children need unconditional love, nurturing, and stimulation.
It will take some time and patience; it won't happen overnight, and some folks will be inconvenienced. Our impatient, quick-fix society caused this debacle, and we are going to have to paddle backward for awhile.
Parents need to work on a community solution and work with their lawmakers. Children are too valuable to become pawns in a political war. They will become the casualties if a peaceful solution is not reached.
To the Editor:
Hooray to the Flyer for bringing out what makes Memphis so powerful. The article on Robert Worsham ("Silent Giant," February 21st issue) not only let us know who penned that excellent poem but also gave us a glimpse into the life of one of the many citizens who hold Memphis together.
For too long in our city we have given the spotlight to racists, both black and white, who have influenced community attitudes. Worsham showcased the fact that the real struggle was and is not just between black and white but neighbor against neighbor. This was evidenced by his being disrespected on a city bus by a pair of young and ignorant knuckleheads of his own color. I look down and I see white skin on my hands, but a person with Robert Worsham's character is someone I would call "my people."
Not a NARAS Fan
To the Editor:
In the 10 years I have lived in Memphis I have learned that one thing I can count on is the annual neglect and misrepresentation of much that Memphis music has to offer via the NARAS Premier Player Awards. Out of the diverse multitude of talented bands writing and performing quality music, we see the same handful of names year after year with minimal exceptions. With all due respect to all these unquestionably
qualified nominated artists, the awards ceremony consistently represents only a small percentage of the quality entertainment around.
It is a shame that so much Memphis talent is consistently overlooked: King's Trio, Memphis Soul Revue, Dr. Zarr, Scott Sudbury, Carson & Poole, Jon Roth -- just to name a few. If it is an "originals vs. cover bands credibility thing," there's nothing more credible than putting food on your table and a roof over your head by performing music. I don't care who wrote the songs.
Not a Distraction?
To the Editor:
Shame on Memphis University School for the ad they placed in your February 7th issue. A line in the ad read, "No distractions. Like girls."
I wasn't aware that girls were allowed into public schools solely to be a "distraction" to boys. I thought they were there to learn. Furthermore, looking at the tendency of public school teachers to ignore girls in favor of boys in the classroom (a tendency which has been documented repeatedly by social scientists), one wonders who the real distraction is here.
I'm sure there is a place for boys-only and girls-only schools in this great country, but there is no place for sexism in the schools our children attend. I hope MUS submits an ad more tasteful and more pertinent to actual education.
Editor's Note: Due to a production error in last week's issue of the Flyer, the headline for John Branston's City Beat article ("Who Do You Know?") was incorrect.
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