Letters To The Editor

Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 1:00am

Tech bill makes security illegal


Regarding your May 2 front-page article "Technology bill causes concern," in spite of Rep. Rob Briley's assurances, the following paragraph in his House Bill 457 states:

(B) To conceal, or to assist another to conceal, from any communication service provider or from any lawful authority the existence or place of origin or destination of any communication.

Regardless of his or any one else's "intentions," the above paragraph renders all security measures - i.e. "firewalls," "routers" and any other devices used to secure any and all data storage, transmission, reception, and development of such systems or devices - useless and illegal.

All of this information may be found at the following Web sites: www.legislature.state.tn.us/Bills/currentga/Bill/hb0457.pdf, www.eff.org/IP/DMCA/states/, www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,1032977,00.asp, and www.freedom-to-tinker.com/superdmca.html.



Where's justice in bus driver pay?


I've followed with interest the perpetual budget crisis in Metro and have one concern. Metro must employ several hundred school bus drivers, and I know three of them. Each one works one-and-a-half to two hours each morning and each afternoon yet gets paid for eight hours a day. That's right - working three to four hours a day for Metro will get you full pay and benefits.

For most companies, those hours constitute a part-time job. I don't get paid for sitting home half the day playing with my son or going to the mall. Do you? I am not saying bus drivers don't deserve a fair wage, but they should be paid for the hours they work and no more.

When will Metro and other school systems wake up to this incredible disparity? Some bus drivers are paid more for the hours they work than some schoolteachers. Where is the justice?



Wynn puts racial cry in everything


I am writing in response to Ron Wynn's April 28 commentary "Dubois' accomplishments deserve to be emphasized" (p. 2). While the article is suppose to be about the literary works of Dr. Dubois, Wynn manages to get his racial cry into the article by stating, "If Dubois were alive today, he'd probably be even more disillusioned at the state of affairs in the United States, particularly in terms of racial politics."

According to Wynn's article, Dubois died in 1963. I don't know where Wynn has been for the last 40 years, but from what I can tell we've made tremendous strides in equality since 1963. I should think that if Dubois were alive today, he could look past the blinders Wynn constantly seems to be wearing and at least be a little bit proud of where we stand today.

I think Wynn is the epitome of irresponsible journalism. I for one am tired of reading his constant rants of racism in everything he writes, regardless of the intent of the article. Is there racism in this world? Yes. You know what? There probably always will be, but it comes from all races.

At least we live in a country that now has created opportunity for everyone. I should think Dubois would be anything but disillusioned if he were to see how far we've come since 1963.



Harding should get OK before razing


As a resident of the Belle Meade Links historic neighborhood, I read your article this morning with great interest (May 1, "Belle Meade Links residents fear demolition," p. 6). Thanks for the attention you have brought to this difficult issue. Like most people I believe there are two (or more) sides to every story, and this one is no exception.

There are a few who believe knocking down approximately 11 historic homes will be no great loss. Of course, those people are entitled to that opinion.

The problem that needs to be highlighted, however, is that Harding Academy is going about this backwards. As many know, the land cannot be used for parking lots, ball fields or anything else unless a special exception is granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). Harding had an application pending for that permission but withdrew it, no doubt because the likelihood of success was quite remote (although numerous other reasons have been offered for the last-minute withdrawal; all except the one I mention ring hollow).

Wouldn't it make more sense to obtain the needed permission for the project before destroying the homes? As your article states, even our Metro Councilperson Lynn Williams is cautioning Harding about this drastic approach.

Since Harding reportedly paid a seven-figure sum for one of the homes - which never went on the open market - I can understand their desperation on this matter. However, at some point I assume cooler heads will prevail, and it will become clear even to Harding that instead of the end run-around the process that is proposed, the process in place must be respected. I and many others will be opposing this plan because we believe it is bad for the neighborhood and the city, but whatever the outcome at least the winners and losers can take comfort in the fact that the process was followed.



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