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I grew up in the '60s, and we had a saying back then that needs to be applied now: "Power to the people!" This Bush doesn't even try to camouflage his rape of freedom. My God, just look at the fiasco that was his election. Can anything have been more blatant than to have the "deciding majority vote" come from the state his brother holds sway over? And even that was so blatantly mismanaged they couldn't even come up with the actual votes. They had to "lose" some.

My hat is off to you as a voice I fear is crying in the wilderness; a void formed by our own apathy. But if something is not done soon, tomorrow's adults will be truly living in an Orwellian world. If today's young people can galvanize themselves into a generation of fighters for their rights, there is another generation, who has fought before, waiting to join them. The enemy is overwhelmingly powerful, I know. But we have let him get that way. And it is up to us to take our country back from him and the money-laden corporate sycophants who support and supply him.

Keep fighting your fight with words. Knowledge is the key to fighting dictatorship.

-- William Szymanski, Clarkston

Obsessed with sex
Although I had to laugh at the almost-shameless journalistic version of product placement in your article on Atlanta's porno businesses (News & Views, "Porn wars," Oct. 23), their proliferation within the city's MSA is indeed a subject worthy of analysis.

However, the battle between politicians and the porno purveyors seems less interesting than the real reason for that battle: the fact that thousands of Atlantans patronize these places. A more interesting angle, and perhaps one you may pursue in another article, would be to examine just why there is such a huge market for porno (strip clubs, sex toys and lubricants, adult movies, swingers clubs, etc.) in Atlanta.

If one were to judge from the advertising and articles in CL -- let alone a drive around town -- he would have to conclude that this city has an obsession with all things sexual. That includes the concomitant obsession with perfecting the body, illustrated by the disproportionate number of plastic surgery businesses here. I know this is not an Atlanta-only phenomenon, but here it seems acute.

Just who are these people driving this large part of Atlanta's economy? Where do they come from? How many are men and how many are women? Black or white? Gay or straight? Married or single?

The reality of the porno demographic is surely more complex than those simple categories suggest. But in trying to answer those questions, a more enlightening picture of Atlanta's sexual obsession would be revealed.

-- Brian Coffey, Decatur

Nuke fluke
I'd like to commend CL and Andisheh Nouraee for pointing out the Middle East "elephant in the living room," Israel's nuclear weapons program (Don't Panic, Oct. 23). Bush and his neo-cons go on about nearly every other country in the Middle East. But by far the most regionally destabilizing influence is Israel and its trigger-happy prime minister. An obvious destabilizing factor is its oppressive and violent rule over the Palestinians. But rarely mentioned is its history of threats and first strikes, its advanced military, and its unmonitored nuclear program. Is it any wonder that other countries in the region would want to develop nuclear deterrents?

--Leah Lunsford, Atlanta

Hold me
I have nothing against NPR, but if the "radioactivists" get their way, other newcomers (shocked and dismayed that Atlanta is not a carbon copy of the cities they fled) will complain of Atlanta's backwardness in not having enough classical music on the radio (Fishwrapper, "Bach off, you NPR scum," Oct. 23).

As usual, Sugg can't go more than a few sentences without gratuitous insults and name-calling. (Does he suffer from some bizarre form of Tourette Syndrome whenever he sits down at the keyboard?) Calling composers "dead European white guys" implies that their audience is racist and sexist. While this may have been partly true in the past, now female and minority classical composers are gaining acceptance. Who besides WABE will air their work?

Listeners who can't attend performances of classical music can hear it on WABE. Reducing the station's classical programming will eventually result in complaints about how "elitist" and (literally) inaccessible classical music is. WABE is damned if they do and damned if they don't.

In the '70s, Atlanta had three stations playing classical music. Two of them changed their formats long ago. So it's no surprise that, after being dumped twice, classical music fans should cling desperately to WABE.

Incidentally, what the hell is "hip ... edgy news" -- besides an oxymoron, I mean?


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