published Friday, April 12th, 2013

Bills would affect church outreach and other letters to the editors

Bills would affect church outreach

Two bills recently have been proposed in the House and Senate. If passed, House Bill 1111 and Senate Bill 1222 will hurt our local economy and impact our church's outreach into the community.

These bills, as written, will double the rates charged to cable companies in Tennessee for poles they rent from electric utility companies. These increased rates will end up causing consumers to pay more in their cable bills. In addition, companies would be discouraged from investing in quality communications services due to high costs.

Olivet Baptist Church has built a mobile religious program so that anyone can tune into our church online or listen to sermons via a live stream on their cell phones each Sunday. This is particularly important for those who cannot physically attend our services due to illness, impairment or distance.

Connectivity to the broadband services that are provided by those who rent on these poles in Tennessee is vital to the spiritual development of our listeners. Any increased fees that would be passed down to our community would discourage them from connecting; therefore, we strongly encourage you to just say no to this proposed legislation.

DR. KEVIN ADAMS SR., Olivet Baptist Church

U.S. visibility in Islamic areas is vital

In the Perspective on Sunday, March 3, was an interesting discussion: "Should U.S. consider withdrawal from Middle East and North Africa?" Mr. Haas supports "That 58 percent Americans who think that we should leave things alone in the Islamic world have it backwards. America needs more engagement not less in the greater Middle East." The opposing contender, Mr. Quigley, argues, "that our military presence and our interest may suffer because of our presence in the region."

I believe American visibility is crucial in that part of the world. During the last 60 years America has invested billions of dollars and American lives in the region only to hope that someday they will live in a free and open society under a representative and responsible government. America's foreign policy has always been one of accommodation rather than antagonism and has consistently extended friendship of empathetic attitude toward Muslim societies.

America will never change or modernize the people whose vision of reform is to live in the seventh century rather than catch the American dream.

AMOS TAJ, Ooltewah

Bennett's cartoons are an embarrassment

Having lived in North Carolina, St. Petersburg Fla., and Atlanta Ga., and seen plenty of political cartoons, Clay Bennett's are the most vindictive and pitiful I have seen.

I do not know how he can make fun of the death of Margaret Thatcher. He must be the product of a sorry education institution and not a student of history.

He is an embarrassment to our city.


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anniebelle said...

Charles Mason, you should actually read the history of Thatcher, instead of the propaganda about how wunnerful she was. She was hateful, petty, and spiteful -- and those were her good qualities. Her children didn't want anything to do with her and were no where close to her when she died. I will never understand why you people don't want to know the truth and instead play up the 'myth'. You do the same fantasy world logic with Reagan and Bush. Learn some history -- you'll be relieved of your ignorance.

April 12, 2013 at 5:57 a.m.
acerigger said...

Gerry Adams writes: Margaret Thatcher was a hugely divisive figure in British politics. Her right wing politics saw Thatcher align herself with some of the most repressive and undemocratic regimes in the late 20th century – including apartheid South Africa and Chile’s Pinochet. Her description of the ANC and Mandela as terrorists was evidence of her ultra conservative view of the world.

She championed the deregulation of the financial institutions, cuts in public services and was vehemently anti-trade union. She set out to crush the trade union movement. The confrontation with the miners and the brutality of the British police was played out on television screens night after night for months. The current crisis in the banking institutions and the economic recession owe much to these policies. And she went to war in the Malvinas.

But for the people of Ireland, and especially the north, the Thatcher years were among some of the worst of the conflict. For longer than any other British Prime Minister her policy decisions entrenched sectarian divisions, handed draconian military powers over to the securocrats, and subverted basic human rights.

Indeed, good reading for any "student of history."

April 12, 2013 at 8:33 a.m.
Lr103 said...

Dr. Adams, just give up those flashy cars, expensive suits and living in a gated community far away from the peasants you serve and go the way of Jesus who lived and walked among the very people he intended to reach.

April 12, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.
Lr103 said...

I believe American visibility is crucial in that part of the world. During the last 60 years America has invested billions of dollars and American lives in the region only to hope that someday they will live in a free and open society

Mr. Taj, you don't make people free by dropping bombs on them and terrorizing entire innocent populations. Those tactics only make them dead. And the ones who survive, only angrier, which leads to creating only more terrorists and resistance fighters you'll have to drop even more bombs on.

April 12, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.
moon4kat said...

To Charles O. Mason: Stop whining that opinions exist other than your own.
Clay Bennett is an editorial cartoonist, in the finest tradition of that form. His sketches are meant to be a bit controversial. They are not designed to salve the prejudices of those committed to right wing orthodoxy, like admirers of the late Maggie Thatcher.

April 12, 2013 at 9:22 a.m.
Lr103 said...

Clay's cartoons always hit the nail on the head. It's the truth and grace by which Clay expresses that truth in his drawings that so frightening. His cartoons exposes the rightNUTs in their most purest form of hate. They don't like seeing that reflection of themselves at all.

April 12, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.
Easy123 said...


How much mescaline do you consume before posting?

Every trip is a bad trip when you're a WingNut.

April 13, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.
acerigger said...

Sorry jonboy, about your ignorance.

read the article,then spout off

April 13, 2013 at 10:52 p.m.
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