Luke Boggs is an idiot ("Flip Side," Nov. 18). It's not possible for Al Gore to steal an election. How ludicrous to even suggest such a thing. If Al Gore has more legitimate votes than the Texas governor then he will be the legitimate winner and he will have stolen nothing. The truth is that the Republicans are the ones trying to steal the election. They are scared to death of a recount for obvious reasons. An accurate recount most probably would reveal the truth that Al Gore does indeed have more votes and is indeed the duly elected next president of the United States. For Al Gore to concede at this point would be a travesty of justice. My advice to Luke Boggs and his republican cronies, go suck an egg.
-- Eric Pearson, Atlanta
As you may well know, you made a slight error in your article "Dreaming of a Scary Christmas" (Dec. 2) concerning Vincent Price. Though Vincent Price did star in both The Fly and Return of the Fly, he was not the scientist that either title refers to. He was Francois Delambre in both, the brother of the original fly, who sees his demise in the kaleidoscopic face of a spider, and uncle of the second fly, Phillipe Delambre, who with Price witnessed the death at the end of the first.
I'm sure there are enough movie dorks such as myself that have let you know, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to mention it. Thanks for your time.
-- Carson Kennedy, Atlanta
I was amazed by the lack of insight and compassion in Mara Shalhoup's recent article "Rats: The Critters Who Spread Disease and Creep Us Out" (Dec. 2) about rats in Atlanta. Shalhoup's assertion that rats need humans to survive seriously questions how these animals managed to evolve and survive millions of years prior to the evolution of humans
Shalhoup insists that rats are not like us, then provides contradictory facts and quotations such as "They use their strength and viciousness to keep certain members of the society confined to certain areas," which sounds very much like a description of a human prison.
If rats are so unlike us and so loathsome, why do we use millions of them yearly to test medicines, cosmetics and household products; and of what use could these results be?
Perhaps Shalhoup's ratphobia is a reflection of our hatred of animal characteristics within us. Since humans evolved, rats have peacefully coexisted with us. Exterminating them has proven impossible. Improvements in sanitation and food storage have proven to be the most effective means of reducing the negative impacts of rats on humans.
Calling them "Dirty Rats" may have worked for James Cagney, but it does nothing for furthering our understanding of our habitat and the myriad of creatures with whom we share it.
-- Bob Chorush, Seattle
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