Publication:Johnson City Press; Date:Mar 28, 2008; Section:Opinion; Page Number:6A

Bill to allow waste pollution in water is for Big Agriculture

    Water woes continue for the residents of the Sulphur Springs area and those along Little Limestone Creek in Washington County with regard to pollution.

    I find it disturbing that our own Congressman David Davis last year reportedly co-sponsored a bill, HR 1398, to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 by providing that manure shall not be considered to be a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

    This bill, now referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, would seem to effectively allow concentrated factory farms to discharge their waste into our waterways without penalty. While many in East Tennessee are concerned with protecting and improving the quality of our water, Davis seems to be protecting only the interests of Big Agriculture.

    Does anyone not believe that manure is a pollutant to water? Family values at work.



Vehement lies

    I was both amused and disgusted by Jerome Cochran’s desperate attacks on Rep. Kent Williams in Cochran’s campaign announcement — amused because of its childish tone and disgusted because it contained blatant lies.

    Cochran accuses Williams of sacrificing conservative values for “personal political gain.” Williams has been directly responsible for bringing thousands of dollars to organizations in Carter County, including Abortion Alternatives — accomplishing in a handful of months a feat Cochran did not accomplish in four years.

    What Williams has done is demonstrate that he can work with both parties, something that is vital in order to get things done for the citizens of Carter County. As a direct result, Williams became the first freshman representative ever to be appointed to the Finance Ways and Means Committee, the body that is instrumental in deciding where our money goes — again, a feat Cochran did not accomplish.

    Cochran also states that Williams has introduced “no new legislation.” I personally attended a Ways and Means committee meeting this week in Nashville and observed Williams at the podium, discussing a bill he submitted — HB 2615 — regarding funding of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. So Cochran either did not do his research, or he flat-out lied, assuming the citizens of Carter County would be too stupid and lazy to check his “facts.” Either way, he has once again shown himself to be a person of deplorable moral fiber.

    Carter County voted Cochran out by a landslide because he was ineffective.

    Why would we want him back? NEIL LIFESON Elizabethton

Science, religion

    Through science, which includes considerable confirming research since Charles Darwin, I have come to accept the basic premises of evolution. This mental step has required some changes in the traditional interpretation of the story of creation found in the Bible.

    Any interpretation is based on the knowledge one has at the time. Too often however, many think that the interpretation is what the Bible says.

    Efforts by religious groups to hold on to outdated interpretations have made those groups anti-educational and a few educators and scientists anti-religion.

    Genesis 2:7 says “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.”

    Based on current knowledge, it could be that until God breathed into the nostrils of Adam and Eve, they were mere animals like any other, evolving over millions of man years. And, the breathing could have occurred as late as 10,000 years ago.

    Cain went out and found a wife so there were more families than that of Adam and Eve.

    I see no argument between science and religion. God created the laws of nature and science is in the process of discovering what those laws are.