published Saturday, December 1st, 2012

City does not donate to PBS and other letters to the editor

City does not donate to PBS

Funding for WTCI-PBS comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the state of Tennessee, individual donors and corporate sponsorships. I strongly believe that additional funding would translate into more educational services from WTCI.

Here are the facts regarding city funding. WTCI-PBS provides video services that allow Chattanooga citizens to see the weekly City Council meetings. This is a professional service that is offered at a 20 percent discounted rate of $85,000 per year. This amount is based on the station's normal business costs associated with such productions.

Earlier this year, WTCI-PBS submitted a $250,000 proposal to city leaders to develop a second free channel for viewers. This proposal was not funded.

WTCI-PBS content engages local residents, educates, and inspires lifetime learning. We offer free national programming, local programs and services for families, teachers and businesses. WTCI-PBS received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator. Chattanooga does not fund WTCI-PBS with a donation. The city pays for a service.

I am proud of the hard work done by the small, but dedicated staff at WTCI-PBS. They make this community a better place to live, and they deserve all of our support.


Area women praying for Israel

There is a group of Christian women in Chattanooga who meet once a month to pray for Israel and all the Jews we are privileged to know. We feel that God himself has put it in our hearts to love Israel. We almost feel chosen! We know we have been blessed by a promise God gave Abraham 2126 B.C. written down in the book of Genesis, chapter 12, verses 2 and 3: "And I will make of thee great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

What greater blessing than the promise of eternal life told to us in a book given to mankind through the Jews? For Christians what greater gift than a savior, a Jew, whose mother was a descendant of King David?

RACHEL DECOSIMO, Signal Mountain

Another take on Bible Wisdom

On Thursday Nov. 29, Bible Wisdom printed a favorite verse of mine, Phillipians 4:6. Here it is in the New Living Translation. "Don't worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done." Done regularly, this will develop a personal relationship that will continue to grow year after year.

MERILYN HALL, Lookout Mountain, Ga.

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BILL ROBINSON, the factual nature of those editorials is very much in doubt.

December 1, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

RACHEL DECOSIMO...pray tell, how has God fulfilled his promise to his "chosen" people? Seems to me they are not exactly "blessed," even today. Where was he when Hitler was torturing and extinguishing them by the millions? Hadn't they already suffered enough in their trials and tribulations in the desert? And now that they have their own slice of land, I wouldn't exactly call them a "great nation." It is by no means a paradisical land of milk and honey. They're still plagued with war and conflict, much of it due to their own stubbornness and arrogance.

Furthermore, why does God have to have a "chosen" people in the first place? Aren't we all supposed to be God's children? If he is such a loving and magnanimous being, it seems awfully petty and mean-spirited of him to choose favorites like that. Don't you think so?

December 1, 2012 at 1:28 p.m.
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December 1, 2012 at 4:17 p.m.
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