Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 10:00pm

TDOT award is surely a farce

TO THE EDITOR:

I thought I was reading the April Fools' Day edition of your paper instead of the July 3 edition when I viewed the page 9 picture, "TDOT gets award." To my dismay, the caption indicated that the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) received an Environmental Stewardship Award from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Does environmental stewardship mean environmental neglect, court-ordered cleanup, and payment of fines after environmental destruction? Clearly, the commissioners bestowing this distinction upon TDOT have not stepped out of their backyards lately. Come to Williamson County (or any other county) before presenting any more awards to this corrupt department.

JENNIFER PIRECKI

37064

Let's not rejoin UNESCO fiasco

TO THE EDITOR:

One of my favorite lines from Mel Gibson's character in The Patriot is when he admitted, regarding his lack of action for the revolution against Britain's tyranny, that "I have done nothing, and for that I am ashamed." He then proceeded to do something about it.

Here's a golden opportunity for every American to take action. Our Congress is back in session now after Independence Day recess, and among the first items on its agenda is a vote on rejoining UNESCO (the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) with our tax dollars paying the dues, of course.

The Foreign Relations Authorization Act (H.R. 1950) communicates the "sense of Congress" that the United States will be resuming membership and would authorize dues payments beginning with fiscal years 2004 and 2005. But with UNESCO's Earth Charter campaign spreading across the world in a school curriculum that promotes pagan earth rituals - there's a "Gaia Meditation" within the Earth Charter Initiative's Web site at www.earthcharter.org/education) - and with its goal of becoming a global school board, this should be an easy no vote for any member of Congress who's worth his/her oath to our Constitution, right?

Unfortunately, there just aren't that many of them who stick by their word, thereby limiting our federal government to its enumerated functions and not allowing the United States to be entangled in foreign alliances, agreements and treaties, such as those with the United Nations. But we can urge our representative to block re-entry into UNESCO by amending H.R. 1950.

President Bush has said he supports re-entry due to UNESCO's recent reforms, but it has reformed about as much as Fidel Castro. Its subversive agenda hopes to prepare our youth for world government through its control of human behavior with "earth-first" principles.

Our representatives need to be statesmen, not politicians, and adhere to the Constitution they swore an oath to uphold. Will they support and defend it or surrender more power to federal and international agencies bent on world socialism? We can and must declare independence from the U.N.'s power grab by passing H.R. 1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, which removes U.S. membership from every part of the United Nations.

Any vote favoring the United Nations is a vote against a free America. Which one is your representative for? Watch closely, and remember how he or she votes. As the saying goes, "Politicians and diapers need changing for the same reason."

JAMES A. SANDMAN

37130

Copying CDs is stealing

TO THE EDITOR:

On July 4 I drove to the Hermitage Wal-Mart store to purchase the new Buddy Jewell CD. I asked the store clerk if he had a cassette of Jewell as well for playing in my car.

The clerk replied, "No, but if you have a copier, just make a cassette of the CD."

"I don't think I will do that. That is like stealing," I said.

"No, it isn't. You can even make a copy for a friend, and as long as you don't sell it, that's not stealing either," the clerk said.

I told the clerk that I am a songwriter, and there is no way I would make a copy of the album for a friend. I would have to tell my friend to please buy a copy. As far as artists, songwriters, record companies or anyone else is concerned, they would be cheated out of a sale.

I'm wondering, is this what retailers are telling their employees? Will this issue ever be resolved so that everyone involved in the making of albums is fairly compensated? By the way, the Buddy Jewell CD is terrific!

MARJORIE REEVES

37214

Bush's child tax credit: unfair policy

TO THE EDITOR:

Under the tax bill signed by the president in May, families earning as much as $149,000 a year will get a $400 rebate check for each child this month while 6 million families earning between $10,500 and $26,625 will not. Republican House leaders are currently doing a great job of blocking legislation that would correct this unfair policy.

President Bush is making it quite clear where he stands in this mess. He's busy collecting $2,000 campaign checks from the very wealthy people whose capital gains and dividend tax cuts took priority over child tax credits for lower-income families - 200,000 of which are on active military duty.

I wonder how welcome the president would be if he tried to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier this month.

PATRICK KENNY

37015

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