About a Flyer website post, "Wendi Thomas to Become Flyer Columnist" ...
I'm surprised that an enlightened liberal paper would hire Ms. Thomas, especially since she has such a reputation. Not exactly what Memphis needs right now with the Kroger and Target crimes rattling the city's nerves. Then again, I agree all viewpoints have a right to be aired. I seriously doubt a city like Atlanta - which is majority black and very progressive - would enjoy her perspective. That is why Atlanta is Atlanta and Memphis is Memphis.
This is superb news. The early mission of the "alternative weekly press" was to be a voice for progressive causes. Wendi will help facilitate conversations that bring progressive politics in Shelby County back to the forefront ... and help drive political conversations around increasing the minimum wage, tax breaks for corporations, our political leaderships cowtowing to the Republican CEOs in town, while also shining a light on the deficiencies that the local Democratic party leadership must grapple with if we are to be a deep blue, African-American majority town governed by progressive Democrats who look out for the local population.
This will be interesting, because when the CA went behind their paywall, Wendi and other columnist got limited to those that either a) bought the newspaper or b) had access to the website's content. Now, being on the Flyer with an open website and a free print edition, she will have the opportunity to have much greater potential reach with her columns.
- Greg Cravens
I have gone ahead and decided to cancel my annual checkers and mulled cider event for Flyer commenters this year.
About Chris Shaw's story about the new Midtown "Party Bus" ...
If only they hadn't pulled the trolley tracks out in the 1950s. Along Madison to Cooper, down to Young, then to the fairgrounds entrance. Of course, if it was MATA running it they'd run one about every four hours and say it wasn't profitable.
If they only had the foresight to include the Levitt Shell on event nights. Park at the Square garage, have a beverage, ride to concert, and return. Sounds like a deal, for $2 each way.
About Jamie Griffin's "Memphis Preps" webpost, "Three Kids With a Dream" ...
This article was both heart-felt and inspiring. It showed how friendship can last through good and bad times, and the fact that it is wrapped around sports made it that much better. It's amazing how one person's tragedy can be another person's triumph.
Drew Richmond, you make this city proud. The only thing that could have been better is if you would have decided to attend the University of Memphis.
Beautiful article on friendship and sports. This story was incredible, and I pray that Richmond is drafted into the NFL and all his hopes and promises are met.
About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter From the Editor, "Pictures, or It Didn't Happen" ...
It does seem that it takes a picture or a video to make it "real." A question to ask ourselves, then, is why does ISIS want us to get angry and come after them by posting the beheadings? They're smart and perceptive and highly sophisticated in matters of marketing their message. I am sure this provocation was done with a great deal of forethought. So if they want us to engage with them militarily, why should we give them what they want? Even if we don't fully understand their motives, their goal is clear — get the West to "come to them." Or as many a military strategist has figured out before, an effective strategy for a smaller force is to grab the enemy by the belt buckle and don't let go. I say we leave them to themselves.