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  • Greg Cravens

About some strange new reality show ...

Yesterday I switched on the television during lunch and caught what appears to be a new reality show. The actors include some guy from an earlier reality show who played an angry boss with funny hair who was always firing people. The other key actor is a lady who claims to be a grizzly bear who wears lipstick and a bedazzled top.

The show appears to be about a guy running for president, who obviously could never be taken seriously, and a woman who speaks English straight from a blender. I believe the name of the show is The APOTUS,  or The Asinine President of the United States!

After watching what I assume was one of the first episodes, I was not able to find the show in my directory. Which is why I am writing. Do you have any idea who could be behind such a silly but immensely entertaining show? Also, do you know their airing schedule? I can hardly wait for the next episode!

Steve Janowick

About Jen Clarke's Last Word, "Zoo Blues" ...

I keep waiting for someone to explain how parking on the grass is hurting the park. Are these cars causing ruts that can not be repaired? Is the grass dying because cars are being parked there 60 days a year? What?

I understand the power issue. There is struggle between the parties over who has the right to decide how this portion of the Greensward is to be used. Fair enough. But what physical harm to the Greensward is being done?

Arlington Pop

I keep finding it odd that the Zoo can charge $5 for people to park on the grass. I don't approve of parking on the grass, but shouldn't the fee be only for parking in the parking lot? (Sort of like the difference between paying to sleep in a hotel room or in an alleyway if the rooms are all full?) The Zoo keeps using the excuse that they need the Greensward to accommodate visitors. I wonder if they would so enthusastically argue that point if they weren't making parking fees off the lawn? Take that away and let's see if they become more interested in a collaborative solution.

Steve Scheer

About Chris McCoy's review of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi ...

Denigrating/insulting a director/film is fair game, but read the stories of your "meathead mercenaries" before you slice them with your mighty, spiteful pen. Being a responsible and believable journalist is to attempt to know who you write about, no matter your politics. Don't be so ugly.

Rebecca Balleza Thompson

About Bianca Phillips' post, "Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Bill Dies in Subcommittee" ...

When even David Fowler of the Tennessee Family Action Council says it's unconstitutional, you know the bill was never getting out of that committee.

Leftwing Cracker

Indefatigable Mark Pody and the ever-wily and inscrutable Mae Beavers can go stomp on their Bibles and hold their breath now that the sodomites have won. God won't be mocked!


About Toby Sells' post, "New Trolley Purchase Hints at Program Progress" ...

We know of at least five buses that caught on fire in the past year due to lack of funds for maintenance and new buses. These are unacceptably dangerous conditions that thousands of working families endure daily to keep this city running. How about we spend millions on buses, instead of trolleys and gentrification?


There is no reason there cannot be a mixed fleet other than possible decrease in maintenance efficiencies. Bring enough trolleys back to serve either Main or the Riverfront Loop, and purchase modern streetcars to operate on Madison and one of the two lines mentioned in the story.

Modern streetcars include low-floor entrances, which means they are fully accessible from a raised curb, so we can also eliminate all the wheelchair lift equipment in the stations that are served by a modern fleet. It is also cheaper for any future routes because a station can be nothing more than a raised curb adjacent to the tracks.


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