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Bravo, Sara!

To the Editor:

I say bravo, Sara Lewis ("The Many Sides of Sara Lewis," January 16th issue)! Has it ever occurred to the superintendent that the reason she has a razor-sharp tongue is because she, like many Memphians, is outraged by the mess of the city school system? She is simply voicing the opinions of the parents and the taxpayers. We should all be outraged!

Maybe it is time to get some new direction and a new set of eyes on the books. I am outraged that the city I grew up in is considered dangerous and poverty-stricken and has the worst schools in the country! There are many citizens who could lend a helping hand and plenty of people who would volunteer time to help. What are we waiting on? Why should we stand for a school administration absconding with money and applying it where they see the need? Who is willing to help? I am!

Yvette Beckley


Bravo, Branston!

To the Editor:

I want to thank you for publishing John Branston's wonderful article "Remembering the Warriors" (City Beat, January 9th issue). It was so very well done and a pleasant surprise.

Dr. Albert Yates (president of Colorado State University) is my older brother and we (his family) are very proud of his many accomplishments. He has made many sacrifices to achieve the accolades that have been bestowed upon him. I only wish our mother, who was his greatest cheerleader, could see some of the "harvest" of his perseverance and steadfastness.

Our family was grateful for the tribute his Booker T. Washington classmates gave him at the Liberty Bowl brunch. He has often said how thrilling it is when your hometown folks recognize and show how much they care for you.

Yes, it was very noticeable that there was no press at the event. It is sad that good almost always goes unrecognized in the media. But please know that this family is very appreciative, and I will forward the article to my siblings.

Carole Y. Dickens


To the Editor:

I would like to thank John Branston for "Remembering the Warriors." He wrote that [BTW principal] Blair Hunt constantly told Albert Yates and D'Army Bailey, "You are somebody." That caused me to recall the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "Every man is somebody because he is a child of God."

And that is why no man, woman, or child should ever feel inferior to anyone else.

Arthur H. Prince



To the Editor:

I would like to congratulate Scott Banbury on the most succinct statement I have ever known him to write (Letters, January 16th issue). It was so eloquent, in fact, that I was near the end before I saw his name and recalled that the issue he raised (President Bush "stinks") was partially his fault.

Banbury's -- and the loony left's -- support of Ralph Nader in 2000 has as surely condemned us to this plight as did any shenanigans in the state of Florida, one of several states where as few as 1,000 votes swinging from Nader to Gore could have rendered the suspected theft of the presidency an academic issue.

On Sunday, November 5, 2000, I told Banbury that the presidential election was too close to call and I gave him a list of predictions for a Bush presidency that included a derailed economy, significant loss of jobs, a massive upward redistribution of wealth, loss of privacy and civil liberties, "self-regulated" industry stomping the crap out of the environment, and unchecked military spending that would inevitably precipitate a foreign conflict.

Sadly, each and every one of these predictions has come true, and the worst is yet to come. George Bush is almost certainly going to get reelected. He is going to appoint not one but at least two Supreme Court justices to go along with an attorney general who believes dissent is unpatriotic and potentially treasonous. A GOP majority Senate stands by to confirm these appointments. Barring an immediate and radical change in the political environment, there is nothing anybody can do about it.

When will Banbury and others on the far left learn that four out of five people in America have issues with economic and political empowerment? If we ever get off of the finer esoteric points and find agreement on core issues, we could create a majority in America who could save not only ourselves but every vanishing tree, fish, and drop of clean water.

James Manning


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