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Consolidation Conflict

Members of the city-county government charter commission tout creation of a new government they say could save money. However, the commission has voted to pay a consulting firm $9,500 to draw districts for the metro council that most likely will not be used if voters approve consolidation and the first council elections are held in October 2011, as proposed.

The problem is that any districts drawn before next spring will have to be based on out-of-date 2000 census figures.

Redistricting numbers from the new 2010 census are to be released next April.

An April release appears to give ample time for new district lines to be drawn for an October 2011 election. In fact, if new lines were not drawn, someone undoubtedly would seek a court order mandating redistricting.

The charter commission agreed to pay MAPStudio, LLC the $9,500 to draw the districts using the 2000 figures.

Jimmy Covington

Cordova

Vote Herenton

Don't you think it is absurd to accuse Willie Herenton of reverse racism to make the point that there ought to be at least one African American representing Tennessee in Washington, D.C., especially from District 9, which is almost 80 percent African-American?

And don't you think it's a contradiction to applaud other groups for their ability and tenacity to organize in order to have better access to governmental power?

We need bold leadership representing us in D.C. We have given the incumbent two terms in Washington. Now he thinks that District 9 is his birthright.

What will he do when we let Herenton down and there are no more strong challengers to come forth to meet Steve Cohen? Do you think Cohen will groom or pave the way for an African American to follow in his footsteps? If you do, then I've got a gold mine to sell you, real cheap!

Remember, there are no term limits in Congress. If we get stuck with Cohen this term, we will be stuck with him for the rest of our lives. I'm asking you to vote for Willie Herenton in August. Don't let the "Black" caucus, the elite "black" national leadership corps, the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the black media hoodwink you. If it is time to disband ourselves as a group, be it called "black" or African American, then let the inside elite "blacks" go first.

Do your part, use your grapevine, don't send the world the message that Cohen was correct, that we are too politically immature to govern ourselves.

Maia Jaribu Ajanaku

Memphis

Pro Gun and Pro Life?

Can someone explain to me how one can be pro gun and pro life? It is my understanding that one of the commandments says, "Thou shalt not kill." It does not add "except for Holy Wars." Is it that one cannot touch the egg, but it's okay to kill thousands of people once they are no longer an egg?

Dagmar Bergan

Helena, Arkansas

BP's Lies

BP's flat-out lies from the get-go hampered the oil cleanup and turned it into the ecological catastrophe that it has become — damaging the environment, people's lives, and wildlife.

And yet, more and more Republicans and Tea Party politicians are jumping on the bandwagon to support BP in the Gulf oil spill as the crisis stretches into its third month. Republicans and Tea Partiers continue to call for additional deep-water drilling.

Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul, and Sharron Angle are siding with and defending BP. And the GOP and Tea Party are showing their true colors.

Who are these people who call themselves Tea Partiers and Tea Baggers? They are certainly not mainstream America. They have an anti-everything agenda and want to impose it on all Americans. Republicans — and now the Tea Party — fall back on "wedge issues" every election, because they have nothing else to offer America.

The conservative movement is putting the corporate tactics of the oil industry ahead of the well-being of the American people.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City, California

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