Letters To The Editor

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 1:00am

Lottery bills need to cover more area

TO THE EDITOR:

The primary argument for a lottery in Tennessee was to improve the skill level of the state's citizens by providing them funding for post-secondary education opportunities. Bills being debated in the General Assembly are aimed at doing this simply by giving fixed amounts of money to graduates' in-state institution enrollment. Unfortunately, none of the bills provide incentive for remaining in the state after graduation or allow the money to be used at an out-of-state school.

Granting funds as a scholarship-loan to be forgiven, say at 20 percent per year for five years after finishing a program, will ensure a good part of the training acquired remains in the state for a while. Repayment by those that leave will be increasing funds available to future students. And knowing it has to repaid by dropouts will be an incentive for staying enrolled.

Using lottery money to send students to out-of-state schools decreases enrollment locally helping to hold down operating costs. Instead of a fixed amount across the board the bills should provide funds based on the tuition of the school attended - there is a wide range - with out-of-state students getting the amount of those going to the highest-priced in-state school.

STAN SCOTT

37221

Why did Harding neighborhood wait?

TO THE EDITOR:

I have been involved with Harding Academy for 12 years like a lot of other parents and have anticipated the time when we could have our own athletic fields for our kids. Harding has worked very hard on this project in a manner to do the right thing with the property and the neighborhood. We as parents and as a school have made every effort possible to keep the residents informed. But just when you think all is well, the Mayor's Office steps in and knocks our feet our from under us.

Why did the neighborhood wait and let us buy all the land knowing the purpose and not act years ago? I guess it was because the homeowners benefited from Harding being a buyer.

The actions of the Mayor's Office are all in speculation of a historical change in zoning not based on current law. Is that fair?

DOUG BRANDON

37205

School bus drivers not paid enough

TO THE EDITOR:

I'm a Metro bus driver and have been since 1992. I think one should try something before one judges it (May 6, "Where's justice in bus driver pay?" letter). I would like for that letter writer to attempt to drive with some students yelling, cursing, throwing paper in and out of the bus. Don't even think of the fights yet. Some students have been injured with box cutters, knives, fingernail files, and whatever they can find to injure others.

When it snowed I sat in a ditch from 9:20 a.m. until I returned home at midnight. Where were you? I had an 11-year-old at home alone because my husband drives for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and of course, they run no matter what.

If you think this is a model job, grab a pen and fill out the form and become one. Then I think you'll see things differently.

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