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Annual Comments

To the Editor:

Your listing of publications in the Annual Manual (January 2nd issue) was extensive. I keep a database of my own. Some other locally produced and/or locally appearing ones you might add are: Memphis Lawyer, The Keystone, Jabberblabber, Mid-South Sports & Leisure, Mid-South Christian Banner, Youth X Press, Active Years, Cotton Farming, Cotton Grower Magazine, HER News, Import/Export Wood, Wellness Guide, International Wood Trade, National Hardwood, Progressive Farmer, Physicians Postgraduate Press, Rice Farming, Hardwood Market Report, Ducks Unlimited, Memphis Medical News. There also are some national furniture magazines published here.

David McDonald Yawn


To the Editor:

I was perusing your Annual Manual and noticed under the "Media" heading that you listed 52 magazines and newspapers. The rather shocking part to me was there were no children's publications listed. I assume this was merely an oversight by someone on your staff ... someone with no children.

I understand you are in a business to make money, and children (under the age of 10) are not yet reading your paper. My children read Jabberblabber magazine, a two-year-old free publication written specifically for children.

I believe Contemporary Media (the parent company of The Memphis Flyer) publishes Memphis Parent, which is geared toward parents. Needless to say, Memphis Parent made the list.

The way I see it, children will eventually be reading The Memphis Flyer. Do media and children matter to you? If your answer is yes, get them ready by listing all newspapers and magazines in your 2004 guide. Children and parents will thank you.

Lynne P. Wilkinson


To the Editor:

Thank you so much for your Annual Manual, which has been designed to let Memphis and the rest of the civilized world know where to go in Memphis for government services, sporting events, movies, restaurants, museums, parks, art galleries. Many people will keep this issue and use it as a reference for locating services and venues for the year to come, which is what you surely intended. We here at Painted Planet Artspace, who are in your regular issues' list of local galleries and who advertise our monthly artist spotlights in the Flyer, are so glad to see us omitted from the Annual Manual in favor of a gallery that has been closed for months (Mariposa) and three restaurants that secondarily have artwork displayed in their establishments (Java Cabana, Otherlands, and Automatic Slim's).

Is it too much to ask that our local alternative paper be accurate, timely, and complete?

Danny Bowers

Painted Planet Artspace


A Simple Policy

To the Editor:

The apparent inconsistency of the Bush administration when it comes to dealing with "evildoer" nations has caused some confusion. Actually, it is very simple. Here is the Bush policy:

If an evildoer nation has A) been designated by George W. Bush as a charter member of the "Axis of Evil," B) promised not to develop nuclear weapons, C) admitted that it has in fact developed nuclear weapons anyway, and D) kicks inspectors out of its nuclear sites, the Bush administration response is to ... negotiate, ask for help from our allies, and allow diplomacy to work. This, of course, assumes that the evildoer nation is not a major oil producer and did not embarrass the president's father.

On the other hand, if another evildoer nation belonging to the "Axis of Evil" happens to be a major oil producer and is led by a tyrant who embarrassed Daddy, the Bush II strategy is quite different. Now the strategy is that we should preemptively attack Iraq, no matter what happens. First, we properly challenge Iraq to allow weapons inspectors, with plans for a preemptive attack if they refuse. Once they admit inspectors, we plan a preemptive attack if weapons are found. As a backup plan, we plan a preemptive attack if weapons are not found.

Simply put, this is folly.

B. Keith English


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