Letters To The Editor

Monday, July 14, 2003 at 1:00am

Current leaders need tech training


Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber are to be applauded (July 10, "Stratford High School leads way in tech training," p. 3). However, the real bottleneck in the state economy is due to the fact that the current management strata is technology illiterate and resistant. (I triple dare The City Paper to commission a survey to determine how many Nashville executives can write their own database reports, send e-mail, use a spreadsheet or can instant message a customer. Check lawyers, doctors, non-profits, insurers, everyone.)

We cannot afford to "leave one adult behind." Tennessee must launch a massive statewide retraining initiative. We cannot afford to wait for these good-ole boys to retire. We could start with a state Web page that makes all the state's tech council's trainings available by streaming media.



Those who pay taxes get the cuts


I just read the letter, "Bush's child tax credit: unfair policy," sent by Patrick Kenny in your July 10 issue, and I must take exception to Kenny's statement.

The policy is that those who pay taxes get the child tax cuts! The 6 million families who earn between $10,500 and $26,625 already get back all the tax money they send in. Why would they need a tax break when they get back everything they send in already?

It is those who are still paying taxes that need the child tax credit. The people who want a child tax credit for those who already recoup all the money they send in just want to continue redistributing the wealth.

By the way, it was not very becoming to use the current patriotism backing our military to make this point. And I should know; I was a soldier who was mobilized for this conflict.



Reader meant no harm to critters


Please print this for Laura M. Miller who responded (July 3, "Don't treat dogs like trash," p. 3) to my recent letter about roaming dogs. Let her know that, indeed, I was being facetious in an attempt to rid the neighborhood of loose animals.

I mean no harm to the critters, but I want them out of my yard where they don't belong, plain and simple, in case they mean harm to me. No, animals are not garbage, but when I walk outside and some dog charges me, growling with teeth bared, I become concerned.

By the way, I hope the little boy from East Nashville who was attacked and mauled by a stray dog over the Fourth of July will recover.



Extol Congress for after-school aid


On June 19, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations subcommittee approved level funding at $1 billion for the 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program. The Senate subcommittee followed suit, also appropriating $1 billion for the program. That is $400 million more than the administration's proposed budget and an enormous victory for all of us who know the value of after-school programs.

The 21st Century program is an important initiative, providing critical funding for after-school programs that serve some 20,000 children in over 30 centers throughout Tennessee. Successful after-school programs offer a safe, academic environment during the time before most working parents can get home.

Congress should be commended for its commitment to the program by restoring the 40 percent cut even in a time of fiscal constraint. We know that after-school programs work, and the demand for this program far exceeds current funding.

Although level funding is a great victory, more is needed to continue to keep kids safe and to build strong, healthy children and families. Current funding provides after-school programming for over 1.3 million children across the country. However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are as many as 15 million "latch-key" kids that need somewhere to go when the school day ends. An additional $250 million dollars for after-school programs this year would help provide programs to over 350,000 more children.

Children need our help and our voice. The time is now to build on this victory for after-school programs and continue to make them a reality for children everywhere.



Time to revisit frenzied choices


Now that it has quieted down in Washington, D.C., enough that they have time to deal with such nonsensical issues as should the Dixie Chicks get air time, perhaps it may be time to revisit the Homeland Security Act and anything else they passed without reading it - never mind understanding it - and find out what was slipped in there

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