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Find a bet­ter site for the silo tow­ers

Mem­phis has the largest pop­u­la­tion on the Mis­sis­sippi River with an un­en­cum­bered view of the River. It may be dif­fi­cult for a com­pany in In­di­ana to re­al­ize how im­por­tant this scenic vista is to the mil­lions of peo­ple who visit the river and live in Mem­phis. Ob­vi­ously, the own­ers will not have to see them ev­ery­day. There has to be a bet­ter site for these unattrac­tive, view-block­ing con­crete tow­ers.

Jean Reid, Mem­phis

Fed­eral funds fu­els great med­i­cal work

As a life­long Mem­phian and rel­a­tive of a child­hood can­cer vic­tim, I have seen first­hand the amaz­ing work done each day at St. Jude. Trump’s pro­posal to cut back fund­ing for bio­med­i­cal re­search by 18 per­cent will not only have a pro­found im­pact on St Jude, but also fund­ing re­ceived an­nu­ally by other en­ti­ties. Cur­rently, St. Jude re­ceives $70 mil­lion, Univer­sity of Mem­phis re­ceives $6 mil­lion and UTHSC re­ceives $35 mil­lion. Lead­ers are con­cerned that we could face los­ing our po­si­tion of world lead­er­ship in re­search to other na­tions if the Trump bud­get cuts are suc­cess­ful. The re­cent re­jec­tion of Trump’s plan by Congress gives us hope that St. Jude may con­tinue the six-year plan, or­ches­trated by cur­rent CEO James Dowl­ing, to ex­pand re­search, treat­ment, and their cam­pus. If you feel help­less over re­cent changes, now is the time to use our voices. Be proac­tive by writ­ing letters, mak­ing calls, and email­ing your rep­re­sen­ta­tives against cuts. Sup­port boost­ing NIH spend­ing by $20 bil­lion over the next 10 years. Op­pose any at­tempts that threaten our po­si­tion as a global leader in bio­med­i­cal and en­ergy re­search, and let St. Jude get back to the won­der­ful work they do sav­ing our chil­dren.

Chan­dler Smithers, Mem­phis

Tak­ing Calkins to task on Tigers' cov­er­age

What is wrong with this pic­ture? Our sup­posed-tobe-great sports­writer, who was in­stru­men­tal in run­ning off our coach who went on to be the ACC coach of the year, is now say­ing that our cur­rent, former coach of the year and thought-to-be-headed-to-the-hall-of­fame coach is not up to the task of be­ing our coach. Let’s get se­ri­ous here. Maybe we just need a more pos­i­tive ap­proach and a new sports­writer. Is Ge­off (Calkins) the wrong guy for Mem­phis?

Bob Wil­liams Jr., Mem­phis.

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