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December 12, 2005

More welfare for the rich

As I commented earlier, government supplied WiFi means nothing less than taxing the poor to provide for toys for the rich. It now seems closer to a sad reality in Arizona...

Tempe, the Phoenix suburb that is home to Arizona State University, is due to have wireless Internet available for all of its 160,000 residents in February, becoming the first city of its size in the United States to have Wi-Fi throughout.

Tempe officials hope that by making high-speed Internet as accessible as water or electricity across its 40 square miles, it will attract more technology and biotech companies — and the young, upwardly mobile employees they bring.

An increasing number of the nation's cities are looking at using Internet access as an economic development tool. Few cities have gotten as far as installing systems, "but most cities are realizing that it may be something that they want to do," said Cheryl Leanza, legislative counsel for the National League of Cities.

Philadelphia is developing a citywide high-speed system with EarthLink Inc. Unlike Philly or Tempe, New Orleans is building a free system, though the network speed will be limited.

Meanwhile in Indiana, which could just as well be any other place in the nation...

Whatever the reason, the Rev. Marvin Green sums up one charitable endeavor’s situation succinctly.

“It’s been a rough year,” he said this week of Grace Fellowship Mission Church, which provides free meals twice a day, five days a week, to those in need.

“This is the worst year since I’ve been here that we’ve had,” said Green, who has been with the church for 10 years.

He also said he doesn’t necessarily think Grace is an isolated case in the community.

“I think giving’s down in general,” affecting other local entities that aid the needy, Green said.

The church at 400 E. Second St. in Seymour feeds mostly adults, he added, including delivering a small number of meals to shut-ins each day.

Those who come to the church kitchen include the homeless, people temporarily down on their luck and people who are unable to work. They also are, at times, wayfaring strangers.

The government takes a large part of our income by force to pay for expensive toys. The churches beg a pittance, and use it to feed the hungry.

Well the Bible does say, "I was hungry and you gave me WiFi..." doesn't it?

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 12, 2005 05:41 AM

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