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In-creased interest:

With the sale of CL, do you think you have enough money to buy a machine that can fold the paper in the middle for once?

-- David Watkins, Tucker

Take a bow

Thank you Cliff Bostock for your elegant article on theatre in Atlanta ("In Praise of Theater," Nov. 4). As a artist and a manager, I truly appreciate the support a far-reaching piece like yours brings the community. Please continue to champion theatre. I couldn't bear to live without the beauty in my life.

-- Elizabeth Spicer, Theatre in the Square Development Director

The City

I enjoy reading [Derf's "The City"] comic strip. Previous issues, such as ones on the Woo Girls and Fat Americans were hilarious. The Nov. 4 strip was funny but nasty. However, the author hammered in his point. Keep it up until next Wednesday.

-- Rafiq Jennings, Atlanta

Strawberry season

Reading your article ("The Last Straw," by Chris Renaldo, Nov. 11) was amazing. You captured my sentiments so succinctly that it was scary. Although I have my own reasons for agreeing with you (I don't support professional sports at all) -- none of my friends can ever see this thing from my point of view. Reading your article (I especially loved the "one-way ticket to Amsterdam" line) served to re-enforce my own sentiments.

Drug use is a "choice." We all have problems and issues in our lives. Those among us who "choose" to use drugs to cope with the mess that is our lives do not deserve "special treatment".

But I would prefer not to waste your newspaper space or any more of my time on the likes of Mr. Strawberry.

My good friend Liz Omilami is trying to raise funds to carry on her father's tradition of feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving -- if you don't mind I would rather use the precious lines to challenge my peers in the acting community to donate to Hosea William's program this year -- I am writing a check for $100 and beg my fellow thespians to join me in supporting this cause.

-- Ms. Phonz Bass, Atlanta

For the record (industry)

I was very disappointed to read your piece in the most recent Creative Loafing in which you declare that Capricorn Records is headed for a "decisive demise."

Rather than attempt to speak with you directly and give you the opportunity to further mangle the truth I think it would be best if I set forth on paper what is actually going on at Capricorn:

We are currently in discussions with several different parties regarding the possible sale of some or all of our assets. Volcano Records is one of those parties.

Universal Music did not "decline to renew" our deal, and it did not "come up" this fall. We had the option to continue our joint venture with Universal for an additional three years beginning January 1, 2001. We chose instead to reacquire the portion of the company owned by Universal and terminate our joint venture.

Contrary to your statement that we have "no means of getting (our) product to stores", Universal Music continues to distribute all Capricorn product, and will continue to do so until we find a suitable alternative.

If you choose to write about Capricorn in the future, hopefully you will do what a responsible journalist should do, and check your facts.

-- Philip Walden Jr.

President, Capicorn Records

Who will foot the bill?

The article "Reparations" contained many erroneous arguments and assertions. First, Mr./Mrs. Davis, who is responsible for paying these reparations?

Descendents of the millions of families that did not own slaves? The descendents of families who were not even in this country at that time? Immigrants who came here from all over the world who existed under a system of indentured servitude, that by all accounts was just as bad, if not worse, than the those encountered by slaves? What about the descendents of black African freemen, who also owned slaves or were themselves slave traders? What about the descendents of white Americans who fought to abolish slavery? Would you also extort money from the guilty consciences of current members of African tribes, still living in Africa, whose chieftains sold or traded their own young men and women (or those captured from rival tribes) into slavery 200 years ago? (As an aside, slavery is still practiced on the continent of Africa.)

Your argument that "America urged Germany and Africa to come to terms with their past" also holds no water. What Germany practiced under the Nazis was ethnic genocide and is an entirely different issue. The urge for reparations for the Jews were largely focused on releasing money and assets that were theirs in the first place, but were held in Swiss and Austrian banks. As for Africa, apartheid was not in "the past" -- it existed up until the 1980's and was ended by pressure from the United States and most every other country in the world.

Finally, Mr./Mrs. Davis, any amount of money paid in reparations would be so small that it would hardly matter to each recipient. Perhaps it's a better idea for us to examine what can be done to lift up education opportunities, job opportunities, the psyche and the self actualization potential of the black community. Reparations are not the answer.

-- Chris Watford, Roswell

Looking for a fair shake

I saw your article on reparations. It absolutely insults my intelligence to listen to you tell me that throwing money at me just because of what whites did to my ancestors through slavery is some kind of magic pill that will make me all better. If Mr. Davis is suffering from low self esteem and all the other "symptoms" of post traumatic slave disorder then I suggest that he go whining for some psychiatric help.

Yes Mr. Davis, we all agree, slavery sucked. It was a real bummer.

Get over it and move on! I wish you and Farrakhan would take a lesson from the Hon. Elijah Muhammad (since you like to quote dead black folks). "Do something for self!" and stop showing up at the steps of Capitol Hill, raising your fists and yelling.

America owes me nothing but a fair shake like everyone else and if that means keeping my nose clean, going (back) to school, and paying attention, then so be it. Today's whites should stop feeling guilty about slavery and today's blacks should stop trying to make them feel guilty about it.

-- Willie J. Crittenden, East Point


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