Letters to the Editor 



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Your recent guest column, “Public Access Fight Brewing,” `The Say-Town Lowdown, April 11-17` may have given some readers the mistaken impression that AT&T does not want to provide PEG (public, education and government) channels in San Antonio as part of our new U-verse video service.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. We recognize the importance of PEG and welcome the opportunity to help bring the next generation of community access programming to San Antonio and other cities. In fact, we have worked diligently with city officials from the outset to ensure that PEG remains alive and well in San Antonio.

AT&T is committed to providing PEG channels on our state-of-the art IP-based video platform. We are working with the city council now to conduct testing of the service — the next step in the process.

Ultimately, our PEG product will provide communities with more potential feature enhancements compared with traditional cable, including more options, greater accessibility to community programming and potential for archived content.

AT&T takes pride in delivering quality products and services.  PEG is no exception.

Howard W. Peak
Executive Director – State and Local
Government Affairs, AT&T


Re: “Unholy mandate,” April 11-17

Added: Saturday April 14, 2007 at 11:00 AM EST

Bible in the classroom?

You don’t preach in my schools and I won’t teach in your churches.

Herb, Midland, Texas


Added: Wednesday April 11, 2007 at 07:25 PM EST

Short “Shrift” for Short Law Maker’s Bill

This bill, like the Texas Panhandle secession bill he filed during his first legislative session, is laughable. However, when the intent of this bill is clearly designed to bypass the US Constitution’s establishment of religion clause, it is no longer laughable, it becomes alarming. If this bill becomes law, his next bill will most likely seek to ban all other religions from being practiced in the State of Texas. Perhaps, Mr. Chisum fancies himself to be a “vertically challenged” member of a modern-day Knights Templar who is on a crusade to protect Christianity from the evils of every other religion?

I am a Christian, but I do not believe that.

Rapsie James, Amarillo, TX



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