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The Marco Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee hired Tribe One’s Bounce studios last year to re-design its Website, including a customized content-management system, which we couldn’t find anywhere else. As a result and for a very competitive price, the Marco Institute now has an excellent Website that is attracting interest and accolades from all over the world.

We received all the training we needed from a warm and welcoming staff, and Tribe One continues to provide Marco with ongoing page design and management support.

Well done, Chris, Doug, & Co., and kudos to Metro Pulse (and Mike Gibson) for knowing a good story when you see it.

Elizabeth Burman

Cover Men?

I am not arguing over whether or not occupations like exotic dancing are sexist, or what thoughts a woman in bondage provokes.  I only wish to point out that men can also be the target of sexual stereotyping. This is also a topic that could be brought up in reference to Temple’s What is Fetish? event. There were several pictures of women in bondage, and it was noted that men tied them up. While there was one reference to a male being led around by a leash, I wonder why there were no pictures of submissive men.

I wholeheartedly agree that newspapers such as the Metro Pulse should present the sexes in an equal manner, though I’m willing to bet that we’ll see a successful woman on the cover before we see a submissive male who is part of the fetish community.

Stephanie Wright

Pain in the Tax

I also support Ms. Cronley’s recommendation regarding the need for a wheel-tax exemption based on income [in her March 9 letter to the editor, “Reinventing the Wheel Tax”].

According to a personal communication to me from one of its members, the Knox County Commission carefully selected the categories of residents whom they believed were deserving of exemptions to the wheel tax. Those categories were: people over 65 with incomes under $12,500; those receiving Social Security disability payments with incomes under $12,500; former prisoners of war; veterans with 100 percent service-related disabilities; vehicles contracted with Knox County schools for transportation; and people permanently confined to wheelchairs.

I worry about the children living in poverty. In fact, I’m seldom disturbed that some people could be getting benefits they don’t deserve; I’m much more concerned that they aren’t getting what they need. So, I agree with Ms. Cronley that the Commission should add another exemption, based solely on income, to the wheel-tax ordinance. Single mothers, struggling to provide their children with basic necessities, are among the people who would be helped with the addition of the new exemption category. Let’s remember the children.

Brenda Snow

Encouraging Apathy?

Check the national news and hear how life has improved for people in cities like Los Angeles, with mandatory living wages. Action on low wages and other issues are continuous year-round. Your ridiculous “commentary” is a bit unfair and sarcastic.

Assuming the article was a “Call to the Fair-Weather Activists,” I will continue reading for the sound and respectful coverage of public demonstrations I usually find in Knoxville’s alternative weekly.

Andrew Ciscel


Today, thousands of severely ill Tennesseans have been brought to death’s door by the cuts in TennCare. These people cannot afford private insurance and have very serious health conditions. They are dying slowly, as a direct result of the government’s withdrawing their health care. Their only crime is that they are sick and poor.

The UT Center for Health Science Research says the TennCare cuts will kill someone—someone who otherwise would have lived—every 36 hours. If the government made a decision to kill an innocent person every 36 hours just to balance the state budget, would that be OK?

The governor is trying to act as though these deaths are necessary for some greater good, but I can’t see what that could be. I will be among that number if something is not done soon to restore my TennCare. I cannot afford $800 a month for health insurance that is not even a major medical policy. I am not a number. I am a very real person. I am a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter. I am loved by many, but only strangers hold my fate.

Martha Miller


Two Scenarios

I am one of the 191,000 people who have been cut from TennCare, which has been my medical lifeline. Without it, I am not able to get the medicines I need to stay alive. I am dying—slowly. I am dying because the government of the state of Tennessee made the decision to cut off my life-support. I’ve not committed a crime, but it is the same as being under a death sentence—with one important difference. Today, a death row inmate in Tennessee has the right to a full and fair appeal, all the way up to the Supreme Court, and has medical coverage and the necessities of life until his execution, which under the law is supposed to be done humanely and quickly.

TennCare enrollees like me have the option for a hearing in front of the same bureaucrats who are under orders to cut the TennCare rolls. And we have to suffer without medicine until we eventually die. This is morally wrong. And I’m amazed that so few are speaking out against it.


Grady Dodgen

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