- Greg Cravens
About "The Dark Side," our cover story on fall beers ...
The Flyer staff at the end of the day's tasting:
"I think I can see the air." — CM
"Who knew the asphalt was so soft? I mean, I'm lying here and it is sooooo sofffftttt." — AP
"I'M KING OF THE WORLD!!!" — CS
"I could take down Ronda Rousey. She ain't nothing!" — BP
"F**kin' lightweights." — BV
About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter From the Editor, "Game Changer in Missouri" ...
I think the most important part of the story is in the last couple paragraphs. College athletes hold the majority of the power, and I think this incident is the first real example we've had of that in this age of the TV deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars. I'm sure some similar form of strike will happen soon to get athletes a bigger piece of the pie.
This Missouri thing seems to be a symptom of a much bigger problem with my generation. The millennials in general seem to believe they are entitled to not being offended. The minute someone says or does something that's slightly off-putting, my generation calls to arms and demands someone be fired, even if that person really had no impact on what was said or done.
Racism sucks. However, I don't get what they expect the university president to do about some individual actions, some of which were occurring off campus. I guess maybe he should've sponsored a few more diversity events. But that wouldn't do a damn thing to prevent the bigot from doing exactly what he was doing anyway. This is a school that, despite only being seven percent black and despite being filled with a lot of conservative rural kids, did elect a black, gay student body president. This is a university that generally backed Michael Sam. If there are a handful of bigots on campus, how does that make Missouri different from anywhere else in the country?
The real world isn't a nice place. No one is going to hold your hand, and you're going to have to deal with ignorant people.
About Alexandra Pusateri's story, "Three Sculptures Celebrate Binghampton History" ...
I'm all for hiring the best person for a job, but it seems odd that a city that won't hire better police or fire personnel because they don't live here keeps contracting public art executed by people with no roots or ties to our city.
Can you imagine a great world-class city only commissioning local artists? With all due respect, your comment is the definition of provincial.
This city is filled with amazing artists. To say that the city is better represented by someone who barely knows the history of the place is insulting to those who invest their lives in this city, to say the least. We're trying to attract settlers, not locusts.
A nice mix is healthy. I'm thankful it doesn't work the other way around and Memphis artists can compete in other cities. I'd hate to think the ones with skills to throw down on a public scale would be limited to work that's available locally.
About MATA ...
After living in a medium-size city (150,000 people) in Germany for a number of years, I noticed that their public transportation system outdoes any in the U. S. Make me the czar of MATA!
First, rename the main station; "terminal" is a bad name. Clean the bathrooms. Add a serving counter where one can sit and have a coffee and snacks — there or to go. Keep prices down; a dollar for a canned drink is way too much for poor people who have to ride a bus.
Put in a machine where people can buy bus tickets. (Think Coke machine.) Add a machine to each bus so passengers can swipe their cards at the back door. Duh! And there should be easy-to-read maps of the entire system at all real bus stops.
Finally, print out 10,000 month-long passes, and give them to people waiting in line at unemployment offices. You're welcome.