Readers Write 04/13

TECHNOLOGY

We can’t afford to subsidize Web access

There has been much talk lately about “affordable” high-speed Internet access. We need to step back a moment, and look at where this is obviously heading. First of all, the word “affordable” has become a code word for government-provided or subsidized.

Secondly, what good is government-provided Internet access if one does not have a computer? Are we not setting ourselves up for government-provided or subsidized computers as well?

Finally, the most important factor: We the taxpayers cannot afford either. Internet access is not a right any more than owning a computer is.

John Watson, Marietta

RELIGION

Catholic Church not taking care of its flock

As a Catholic for all of my 74 years, I am disgusted with the Catholic Church’s behavior. It seems to me that the business of the Catholic Church historically has been to take care of the church.

By that I mean its administration, its properties and its hierarchy. What the church owns and how the church is perceived seem to be more important than the people of the church.

If the Catholic Church took care of its people first and behaved as a “moral” being, there would be no need to protect its reputation.

Mary Jo Winer, Atlanta

HEALTH CARE

Voters will remember lawmakers ignored us

I agree with letter writer Michael Haremski: Voters will remember the process (“Readers write,” Opinion, April 11). Our Senate and House representatives are supposed to represent the majority views on any given bill.

Considering the staggering size and implications of the health care bill, they should have educated their constituents on the impact of the bill, given their constituents time to digest, discuss and debate the bill, and systematically taken the pulse of their constituents before they voted.

They didn’t even give themselves sufficient time to read the bill and understand it. Yes, voters will remember the process of how this bill came to pass. They will remember the dismissive attitude of our representatives toward our concerns.

Brian Wilson, Atlanta

CENSUS

How far will volunteers in neighborhoods go?

So, now we have volunteers canvassing neighborhoods, checking to find out if everyone is sending in the census form. Will we next have volunteers canvassing neighborhoods to ensure that all have paid for health care insurance?

Or, perhaps volunteers checking up on everyone to ensure we are practicing government-mandated diversity within our families? I mean, why not? We now have union organizers going to homes and harassing families to intimidate them into joining unions.

Walt Farmer, McDonough