I was going to write to you a few weeks ago when you actually quoted the US unemployment stat and did not bother to note that it is a sham statistic. This stat only counts persons collecting unemployment insurance, period. If you are unemployed for 7 months or longer, you are not counted. If your last job only survived 5 months or less, you aren't eligible, so not counted. If you are collecting SS and need to work but aren't, you're not counted. If you get out of college or HS and haven't found a job, you're not counted. If you worked just one day in the last 2 weeks, you're not counted. In other Westernized countries, with socialized economies, they count everyone unemployed, because they are actually trying to do something about it
Then this week you went off on Chavez like you had just been reading the Bush revised CIA file on him.
The "capitalists" in Venezuela have been trying to bring him down and do nothing to help him, for absolutely selfish reasons. The CIA is actively invloved down there and quite frankly 4.4 billion over 3 years spent on the military doesn't seem like so much, considering the US has made getting rid of him a priority. You dismiss the coup as nothing, but in actuality the US, in violation of international law overthrew an elected leader of a country and put in a military dictator. I'd spend a billion $ a year to prevent that from happening again.
Okay, perhaps he isn't an economic genius, but the industrialists of the nation do eerything in their power to thwart his efforts.
You didn't mention that he sells cheap heating oil to poor people in the Northeastern US, or that he swaps oil for doctors with Cuba and then distributes them in the poorest areas of his country.
I'd say, compared to our leaders, he's the better option.
What bug got up your ass last week?
It may be true that atlanta resonates with the American Culture today, like San Fran did in the 60's. I would just like to point out however, that America is a culture in decline.
I really enjoyed the letters to the editors this week. What I really enjoyed most is how you only choose letters that contained the phrase, "I really enjoyed".
I thought you might present a fair representation but I know for certain you got a letter that said "I didn't enjoy" the I hate NY article, becasue I wrote one.
I am sorry your paper is moving from its alternative, progressive roots. Eason, sell the paper.
Let someone radical take over. You've gotten too rich and too conservative.
The story about NYC is stupid and superficial, as is the problem. The difference between NYC and Atlanta is intelligence. You can't have the worst or near worst education system in the country for 50 years and not have lots of dumb adults. Let's not pretend they all got sudddenly smart upon graduation or move to NY.
The lifestyle here is dumb. The politics are dumb, the diet is dumb, the amusements are dumb, we have more poverty because we have more dumb, we have more sick because we have more dumb, the racial stuff is pure dumb and your article was dumb.
Maybe if some of the smart people down here weren't so busy ripping off the poor and dumb, this place might advance. And maybe if the newspapers wouldn't focus on the distractions in life and spend some time educating the people about issues that really matter, progress might begin. But we chose to define our culture by having the best sweet tea and Krispy Kreme donuts (both unhealthy, of course, and dumb).
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