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To the Editor:

My wife and I are writing to you and all your loyal readers to voice our opinion on the state lottery to be voted on November 5th. Please vote No! We don't need a lottery in Tennessee.

Instead of voting on something we don't need, why not vote on something more important, like putting the Bible and prayer back into our public schools? Or why not take the money that you spend to get the lottery here and put it toward education instead of waiting around for all the revenue that you are suppsed to be getting and won't?

Why would anyone want to take a chance and ruin the lives of their family just for a slim chance to win big? Instead of taking a chance on an unsurety, take a chance on the Lord. You can't lose with Him! God has not left us to chance. The Bible says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."

Remember our state motto: "Tennessee looks good to me." If the lottery gets in, it won't be looking good anymore.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bradshaw

Halls, Tennessee

To the Editor:

I moved here from Missouri about four years ago. They had just gotten the lottery back in the mid-Nineties. I voted against it then. The gambling companies made big promises. They said some of the money generated by the lottery would go for the highways and schools. They lied. Anyone who has been on I-55 lately can see that. School taxes actually increased.

Gambling always leads to heartache and corruption. But above all, God hates the lottery. God says in his word (Proverbs 28:22) that "he that hastens to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him." If you name the name of Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and you think gambling is okay, shame on you!

Tom McGhee

Gates, Tennessee

Think Local

To the Editor:

[The] scathing reviews of Toby Keith's Unleashed and the Vines' Highly Evolved are a waste of space and paper. Is anyone who reads Memphis' alternative newsweekly really in danger of buying a Toby Keith album? And the now-mainstream Vines, whose "Brit-rock/Beatles impressions suck," according to reviewer Chris Herrington, stand to lose or gain very little from the commentary of a small-town music snob.

There's so much good music begging to be heard, in this city more than in most places. How about creating an expanded forum for Memphis music instead of wasting energy telling people what successful big-selling record not to buy?

Drew Long

Memphis

Hypocrisy

To the Editor:

What an amazing act of hypocrisy by the American government to condemn Israel for its activities against Palestinian terrorists, including demanding its withdrawal from Arafat's compound.

Arafat and his acolytes, Hamas and Fatah, are Israel's Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. The only difference is that Israel knows exactly where its terrorist nemeses are without having to spend billions of dollars in a fruitless effort to find them. Does anyone seriously think that the U.S. would retreat from its "war on terrorism" or from finding and killing bin Laden if any of the other major powers insisted it do so?

And the president's use of his Wag the Dog-redux war plan to defeat Israel's right of self-defense is nothing short of an outrage. Israel has already suffered at the hands of terrorists (proportional to their respective populations) 10 times the massacre this country suffered on September 11, 2001. How many hundreds of Israelis will have to die because the U.S. doesn't want anyone -- not the U.N., the rest of the world, or, least of all, the Israelis themselves -- to interfere with its latest exercise in petro-warfare?

Marty Aussenberg

Memphis

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