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Letters to the Editor

No Juice?

1. If your publication gets any thinner you're going to have to start calling it "Metro Shopper" and hanging it from people's doorknobs.

2. Despite an interesting blurb about Vanilla Ice, Adrienne Martini's handling of the concert calendar still sucks.

3. You have managed to take the 'Pulse from being a vitally interesting bi-weekly alternative news magazine (which I waited in anticipation for every other Wednesday) to being an uninteresting weekly five-minute read, full of dry, boring crap about local politicians and stupid shit like one of the feature articles this week about the Yellow Pages ["I Am Curious (Yellow)" by Jack Neely, Vol. 9, No. 11]. The YELLOW PAGES. Who the f—k cares? Political pundits and fantasy mayoral candidates aside, the only thing left worth reading in the Metro Pulse anymore is the "News of the Weird."

Hell, even the letters section is nothing but one or two letters each week about some boring bullshit that no one but the writer and a few local art-fag types gives a damn about. Let's get with it, you f—kin' genius! Stir up some controversy! Give us something juicy and sensational to read about and you might even sell enough ads to make the 'Pulse back into a real paper.

Mark Shetterly
(A.K.A. Fat Bastard, Fountain City Godfather and the real King Daddy of Knoxville)

Unity for All

In a recently published "Letter to the Editor," Joseph Camber referred to "Unity" as "a gay church." For us at Unity Church of Knoxville, to allow such a statement to stand unclarified would be to deny a large portion of our congregation. It is true that many gay and lesbian members of our community call Unity Church of Knoxville their church home. We are proud of that fact. We are equally proud that our diverse congregation includes "traditional" and single parent families, straight singles and couples, young and not so young.

Included in the diversity statement of The Association of Unity Churches is the following:

"It is imperative that our ministries and outreaches be free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Our sincere desire is to ensure that all Unity organizations are nondiscriminatory and support diversity."

At Unity Church of Knoxville we strive to live out that statement in everything we do.

One of the first lessons our children learn in Sunday School is that "Everyone is a beloved child of God." We honor and celebrate each unique "Child of God" who participates in our ministry.

Thank you for the opportunity to make this clear.

Reverend Victoria Lyle Lafser
Unity Church of Knoxville

Extended Credit

Though I was flattered to have our company included in the article spotlighting Knoxville's custom cabinet/furniture builders [Homestyle supplement, Vol. 9, No. 12], I was disappointed and even embarrassed that no mention of my partner, Carl Keaney, was ever made. Without his tireless dedication, there would be no Heuristic Workshop.

Eric Ohlgren