On lighting the crosses at I-10 and Siegen


This letter appeared in the Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) on 19 September 2006.

This item may be cited as M. R. Franks, Letter to the Editor: On lighting the crosses at I-10 and Siegen, Baton Rouge Advocate, September 19, 2006, at 8B.

Copyright 2006, M. R. Franks

Dear Editor:

Every evening that I drive by I-10 at Siegen Lane, I notice the three brightly lit crosses placed there by Bethany World Prayer Center.  Every time I pass by, I cannot help but recall that the lighting of those crosses guzzles 40,000 watts of precious energy (The Advocate, March 30, 2004, Page 2B).  That works out to about 480 kilowatt hours per day, about 175,320 kilowatt hours per year!

Many elderly and poor residents of the parish are in dire need of air conditioning in summer and heat in the winter.  They could make better use of those 175,320 kilowatt hours.  How Christian it would be if Bethany would spend the money it presently uses to illuminate the crosses to instead illuminate the lives of those who have much greater need for that electricity.

Wouldn't it be nice if Bethany made wiser use not only of energy but also of its own members' hard-earned donations?

Their checks can still be made payable to Entergy.

M. R. Franks
Baton Rouge

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