Letters to the WCP Editor – 9.23.10

Letters to the WCP Editor – 9.23.10

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 2:41 pm

To the Editor,
I was happy to read in the Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 edition of The Press about the historic Varsity Theater making the historic register list.
That old building has more memories for me than your newspaper will hold.
Happy memories of people like Woody Whaley, Billy Byars, Sue Clem, James Gordon Milner and “Whig” the custodian.
Danny Bell, James Milner and I operated the 35-millimeter “Simplex” projectors and “Film Transit” brought the movies to us to show.
Popcorn was a dime and a large soda was 15 cents. Projectionists got all the cold soda pop that they could drink for free because the projection booth was so hot.
I love Martin and I love and will never forget the Varsity as long as I live.
Bro. Russell Cherry
Palmersville

To the Editor,
I hear such loud worldwide condemnation of the planned Koran burning on Sept. 11, which is directly linked to the Islamic Center being built next to ground zero.
It is quite evident that Muslims are so well organized as to stir such hysteria so quickly. That Florida preacher is right that such a part of Islam is quite dangerous. Was there ever a single Muslim who condemned the destruction of ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan by Talibans who even refused to allow them to be sent to India who asked for them?
Was that not a brutal attack on the feelings of Buddhists, but who cared? Is there any American Muslim and Muslim organization raising voice against that center next to 9/11 site and force New York’s Imam not to be intransigent?
9/11 architect Bin Laden is still at large harbored by whom – certainly Muslims in Pakistan. Imam has the audacity to say on television that he was determined to build the center next to ground zero and refuses to build it at proposed alternate site. What intransigence?
And our televisions go on giving him coverage to exhibit the same. His intransigence is a slap to the faces of the families of those whose loved one were killed on 9/11, the country he lives in and disparages the souls of those killed whose souls cannot rest in peace. But what does he care?
He, like Muslim rulers who built mosques demolishing worship places of non-Muslims, is doing the same hiding behind constitutional rights.
My information may not be incorrect that such rights have limitation of giving carte blanche it injure sentiments if the victims and the nation which can be put to the test through long-drawn litigation.
To soften opposition, Imam extends an olive branch that the center will have place for Christians and Jews.
What is the guarantee of that after the center is built?
Already, there is back-peddling evident from Imam of Florida telling a preacher that it is a done deal that the center will be built at another site and New York Imam says no such deal.
Why Imam is not naming it as a multiple-faith cultural center? Imam and 30 percent of its supporters do not care for feelings of the families of those killed by the Muslims on 9/11 and 70 percent of the population is opposed to that site, forgetting that the souls of those killed will no longer rest in peace watching the Islamic world next to where they were killed.
If our politicians fail to change the site, voters ought to throw them out in the next election. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Dr. M.K. Jain
Martin

To the Editor,
I strongly encourage the Martin alderman to abandon the idea of giving the mayor a pay raise.  Just look around the city and you’ll find signs that the city is hurting economically.  
On nearly every street there is at least one house with a “for sale” sign in the yard, including in the more affluent sections of town.  Some of these signs have been there for a year or more, and new ones seem to appear each week.  
New businesses have popped up in the city recently, but it appears they are outnumbered by businesses that have closed.  
Still not convinced the local area is hurting?  According to the state of Tennessee, the unemployment rate for Weakley County in July was 13.4 percent.  
The U.S. Census Bureau just last week stated that one out of every seven Americans is living in poverty.  And if you look at the classified section of the Weakley County Press, it seems as if nearly every week there is another notice of a foreclosure sale.  
There are also a small, but growing, number of homeless persons in the county.
The aldermen have already passed the first reading of an ordinance to raise the mayor’s salary from $54,000 to $65,000, or approximately 17 percent.
One alderman suggested that the mayor’s pay should be in the $70,000s, which seems unbelievable to even suggest, especially since city of Martin employees have not received any raise at all in the past two years
I do not know the mayor or any of the aldermen, so my opposition to this pay raise is not personal.  
During the three years I’ve lived in Martin I’ve heard only great comments about the mayor, and have no complaints with how the city is run.  
My opposition to this pay raise is strictly economic.  The citizens of Martin are hurting financially, and it is simply not prudent to ask them to pay more.
A public hearing on this issue is scheduled for 5:15pm on Monday, Oct. 11, at city hall.  I urge citizens to attend this meeting and make it clear that the citizens cannot afford this raise.  
Or, if you can’t attend the meeting, contact your alderman and voice your opposition.  If you don’t know who your alderman is, go to http://www.cityofmartin.net/board.htm.
There is a listing of the six alderman, along with a link to a map showing each ward.  Your voice can make a difference!
Sincerely,
Cliff Downey
Martin

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