I wanted to comment on the wonderful article about Ron Crowder and his organization Street Works ("The Night Watchman," March 25). I commend your paper as well as Matt Pulle for running this story. How else can people learn about the "invisible people" whom no one wants to know about...until they become one? Ron Crowder is a hero in my eyes, and I am sure that his reward in heaven will be great, even if it seems as though he is not fully appreciated here on earth. We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, and people like Ron prove that we should never be ashamed of where we come from as long as we are clear where we are going.
Navita W. Gunter
Ignorant and free
Again, I'm reminded why I seldom take a Scene after reading the diatribe " 'Til they go home, none of us are safe" (News Briefly, March 18). The item was deceptive and inaccurate! However, I would agree with this statement only in the context of promoting more individual responsibility and less taxes. Brave legislators were seeking to protect us from the hedonistic public policies of liberal states and of activist judges who seek to make public policy from their bench. I agree with Rep. Vaughn that homosexual civil unions are wrong biblically and do not represent the values of the majority of his constituents. Our founding fathers did not give us a Constitution that says, "There must be a separation of church and state!" They gave us a republic based upon the Christian faith and its scriptures. In fact, Thomas Jefferson (whom the writer misquoted) stated, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be."
Don't question Ford's ambition
While Roger Abramson is skeptical about giving Harold Ford Jr. some respect and credibility ("Prince Harold," March 18), I do not understand or appreciate his comments about Memphis. Obviously, he has major problems with strong African Americans who have their own mind and voice. I do love that some attention is given to Congressman Ford, but I hate that it is not about his good job or the positive influence that he has had on many youths from all ethnic groups.
People like Abramson only divide us with their 1950s mentality concerning whether or not Ford may be getting in over his head trying to run for Senate. He has done a fair job, so why question this young man's ambition? Also, Memphis has been at the forefront in trying to eliminate the stereotype of us backward Southerners; our city has grown and our image has been improved only by the leadership of Mayor Willie Herenton and the leadership of the Ford family.
We Tennesseans need to support each other, not talk about each other in a negative light. If some of our East Tennessee brothers/sisters would have voted for us to have casinos, tourism in the state would improve for all, and not only in Memphis. But we can't have progress because some are jealous of not coming up with the idea first. No city is perfect, so let's support each other and move into the 21st century with the rest of the world!
Sherman Helton Jr.
Moaning about Memphis
As a person who lives in the suburbs of Memphis, I could not agree more with Mr. Abramson's assessment of Memphis. Just look at the incredible growth in North Mississippi, in the surrounding counties adjacent to Memphis and Shelby County, to find that others agree also. With one of the worst school systems in the country, huge budget problems and a mayor who threatens city council members with fisticuffs, who could dispute your statements?
The best kind of urban growth
I loved the article "10 Things That Nashville Needs" (March 11), especially the proposal to trumpet Nashville as "the city that feeds itself." The benefits of community gardens are many: the bonds formed by sharing tips with fellow gardeners, the exercise from working in the soil and the nutritional benefits from growing your own foodnot to mention the air/water/soil pollution saved from cutting down on importing goods that can be grown in our own backyards. People would also find themselves more eager to speak up about the weakening of our environmental laws if they looked at the soil their food was coming from on a more regular basis.
A community garden just off 12th Avenue South, Edgehill Community Garden has grants for equipment, seeds, tools and all that people need to get started if they're interested. (For more information, contact Lisa at 383-1921.) Now, beyond your excellent article, I hope to see the community live up to the ideals it's capable of.
Parking and barking
I haven't found Burger King Betty (We Hear, Jan. 29), but her spirit is alive and well in the competing parking lots next to Jack Russell's and Green Hills Grille. Try parking in one of the unmarked parking spots across from the Jack Russell's entrance: Because of their proximity to Jack Russell's, these parking spots appear to be for the benefit of the restaurant's patrons. However, the Green Hills Grille parking gestapo are quick to let you know that these spots belong to Green Hills Grille! (Actually, they're not so quickthey let you get almost to the door of Jack Russell's with your pregnant wife in tow.)
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