You said something rather telling in your article when you said, "My grandfather, who was an old man when he finally had kids, died in 1920. He built businesses, farmed and served his community in a variety of elected posts. His father, James, led two wagon trains across the continent before settling in an area and staking out a farm we still own."
Sounds like they were quite productive in their respective lives -- something a desk jockey can be proud of. I was also quite unaware that the decline of Odin occurred entirely on Bush's watch. I have read that 60 percent of the job descriptions today didn't exist 20 years ago. One- in-seven lost manufacturing jobs nationally seems about average over a three-year period, considering that even Mexico is becoming less reliant on these jobs.
Please do us all a favor and try not to pass on the Republican attitude to your offspring; they deserve a fighting chance in this world.
Also, was the shoe your father's or his brother's? The article seems undecided, while the picture seems positive. Just another slight inaccuracy you'd be glad to point out if someone else made the mistake.
-- Matt Garratt, Marietta
Twist of humor
I used to live in Atlanta and Greenville, and I have to say that this new Mugshot is just plain awesome (Going Postal). It's twisted enough to be hilarious!
Please, whatever you do, keep this thing around. It makes the rest of the paper a godsend.
-- Jason Greer, Las Vegas
Call me sharp with historical details or perhaps plain anal-retentive, but I happened to notice a mistake in your review of Theatre in the Square's Mary Stuart that will continue to aggravate me until I bring it to your attention (Arts, "Stuart little," Aug. 21).
Mary Stuart was not the legitimate daughter of King Henry VIII, nor was she the sister of Queen Elizabeth I. Mary Stuart -- better known as Mary, Queen of Scots -- was the daughter of Scottish King James V. Mary Stuart was the cousin of Elizabeth I, and ascended only to the throne of Scotland upon the death of her aforementioned father. The threat she posed to Elizabeth was purely political: Should Elizabeth die without producing an heir, Mary Stuart's son -- who would later, after his mother's execution, become James VI of Scotland -- would be next in line to the throne. Rumors circulated that Catholic Mary plotted to have Protestant Elizabeth assassinated so such a plan would unfurl. Though the rumors were never solidly proven to be true, Mary was nonetheless beheaded. (Poor lass.)
I don't know what's sadder: the fact that I caught such a miniscule but important error, or that I actually paid attention in British History 101. God, I need a life. Thanks for the great review.
-- Jonathan Ashley Osborne, Atlanta
I want to thank Michael Wall for shedding some light on the problems with our electric grid system in his article, "Southern Co. fought blackout fix" (News & Views, Aug. 21). I do feel, however, that singling out Southern Co.'s efforts to fight heavy government regulation is not likely to help us in case of another blackout.
While it took the blackout of Aug. 14 to get most of us to focus on the problems with our energy grid system for the first time, it is only a symptom of a problem that is much worse. The real causes are an outdated system for the production and distribution of electricity, our growing over-reliance on that system, and the "not in my back yard" mentality that has kept us from modernizing and upgrading it. More blackouts will likely occur before we finally decide to fix it.
Southern Co. is not the problem. Should Southern ever reverse itself and embrace the energy grid upgrades, we as ratepayers would be screaming, "Off with their heads!" A utility must be responsive to its customers' demands, and we as ratepayers would never allow them to go forward with something that would inevitably lead to much higher electric rates. Florida Power, Scana and Duke Power are similarly lobbying on behalf of their customers.
The grid system is overburdened already by a growing population of users who use electricity for a growing number of appliances. Attempts to build new fossil fuel and nuclear power plants were met with grassroots resistance from people who did not want their homes located near them. Even today, attempts to build wind-energy farms offshore are being met with resistance from rich celebrities on both coasts who are afraid that the windmills may spoil their view of the ocean.
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