Check math 

There are so many things to disagree with in Kevin Griffis' June 12 "McKinney Redux" (News & Views) that, to save time, I will concentrate on the one thing he got right.

He says the result of the August 2002 primary election "... broke along racial lines ..." It's refreshing to hear this truth after all these months. Up till now, the party line at the Atlanta Journal Constitution and in the media nationwide has been that Denise Majette was some kind of healer and coalition builder, one of a new flavor or up-and-coming "moderate" black leader.

Nothing could be further from the facts. McKinney received at least 80 percent to 85 percent of a so-so black turnout while Denise Majette garnered an amazing 90 percent to 95 percent of an unusually high white turnout. But Mr. Griffis manages to step all over his correct conclusion later on in the same sentence repeating the AJC falsehood that "... Majette was able to put together enough support among black voters to win."

The urban myth fostered by Mr. Griffis and the AJC -- that a substantial number of middle-class blacks are thinking and voting more conservatively -- is all that keeps Denise Majette from being regarded as the same kind of completely fraudulent, unrepresentative and bogus black political creature as say, Clarence Thomas. Ms. Majette represents herself, her handlers and her campaign contributors, and her willingness to scare out a lot of whites that don't normally vote Democratic in primary or general elections. No biracial coalition elected her. White voters in DeKalb and Gwinnett did. Check the math.

-- Bruce A. Dixon, Marietta

Power to the people
I enjoyed Mr. Slattery's bit on jury duty (Lost in Suburbia, "One Angry Man," June 12), but I honestly believe people would look forward to serving, were they aware of its power. When given this opportunity, you are free to override Congress, the president and the Supreme Court, no matter the law or the judge's instructions. Hiding the truth and outright lying by prosecutors and judges is what results in "a gaggle of ignorant good citizens."

-- Arland Miller, Lawrenceville

City gets no credit
You talk about how Atlanta's intown character might change (News & Views, "City allowed Atlantic Station to skirt law," June 12)? Atlanta's "intown" is a hole compared to other cities. The first thing visitors that I know notice is the abundance of bums, garbage, poorly designed traffic flow, 24-hour HOV lane that is a revenue scam for the city and the polarized "culture" of this city. The "culture" is composed of civil rights and gay issues. Please, don't give me some smart-aleck remark as to "you can leave if you don't like it" crap.

Let's talk about the issues at hand here. Most people using the new development will be locals. There isn't much of a selection for consumers in the city. Twenty thousand more people coming into Atlanta to shop? Where did you dig that number up? NOBODY comes to Atlanta to shop. Especially downtown (Underground Atlanta ring a bell?).

I see the development as progress. The sad part is that the average American is the reason for any revitalization in that area thus far. The city has done absolutely nothing that I can tell.

-- Nick Kalodimos, Decatur

Time for a movie
A million thanks for printing the local movie listings. It's been a while (and they always said check theater for show times). Now, if you'd just add the local TV listings, like you did years ago, I won't have to buy the AJC ever again.

-- Jen Bain, Avondale Estates

Nail on the head
John Sugg: Thanks for your courageous article (Fishwrapper, "Was CBS suckered by 'Anonymous'?" June 12). It really touches the crux of the dilemma Muslims face in America today. Any crazy person and hate-monger can spread lies and innuendos about Muslims and Arabs taking advantage of gullible public officials.

-- Abdiweli M. Ali, Richmond, Va.

Around here we call "60 Minutes" "The Arab Bashers Hour" (Fishwrapper, "Was CBS suckered by 'Anonymous'?" June 12). Took one look at Rita Katz and thought, "Straight from Mossad."

-- Mary Bess, San Mateo, Calif.

No strings attached
I've followed a little of what John Sugg has been writing over the years, and I think he is doing a great job. It is refreshing to see that some media and press such as yourselves still allow journalists to practice their profession with no strings attached.

-- Ibrahim Abusway, Springfield, Va.

Objective observer
Thank you for your fresh insight into the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players (Vibes, "Projected yearnings," June 12). After all that has been written about them in the past 10 months, you managed to come up with a few fresh twists. Of course, I have been just an objective observer of this tiny enterprise. I'm Jason's dad and Rachel's grandfather and couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments as both performers and worthwhile people. They are a refreshing change from the ordinary and Jason's portrayal of the struggle to become a viable musician, i.e., one who is paid to perform was, if anything, minimized.


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