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CNN not going anywhere
Dear Howard Lalli: Your Creative Loafing column alleging that CNN plans to move its headquarters from Atlanta to New York is laced with factual errors and erroneous assumptions (Don't Quote Me, "Reverse carpetbagger," Oct. 3). The fiction starts with the column's first paragraph, which states that Donna Summer provided the entertainment at CNN's 20th anniversary ceremony at the Philips Arena. The entertainer, in reality, was Diana Ross. Your imagination runs wild thereafter.

CNN has no plans to move its headquarters to New York. As a member of the CNN leadership team, I assure you there has been no discussion of doing any such thing. The new AOL Time Warner headquarters in New York will be home to the CNN New York bureau and the CNNfn network. Some CNN programs probably will originate from there. But the CNN News Group, which includes nearly 4,000 employees and 34 services, will continue to call Atlanta home for the foreseeable future. -- Eason Jordan, Chief News Executive, CNN

Blame Bush instead
I knew from reading his previous columns that Richard Shumate is an avid supporter of George W. Bush and the GOP. He is certainly entitled to his political views. However, I was absolutely appalled by his remarks regarding the recent terrorist attacks on our nation (Rant, "That awful sucking sound," Sept. 26). By arguing that former President Bill Clinton should be held somewhat responsible for these horrific events, Mr. Shumate is using this national catastrophe as an opportunity to promote his partisanship. This simply is not the time for that.

Nevertheless, just for the sake of argument, let's assume that he is correct. Let's assume that Mr. Clinton did fail to take the proper steps that would have prevented these terrible incidents from occurring. Well, then you would have to question why the newly installed Bush administration did not enact the measures necessary to correct these leftover weaknesses in our national security. After all, Mr. Bush had been the president for almost eight months before the September attacks. He -- not Bill Clinton -- had the power during that time to thwart the terrorists. Instead of vacationing in Texas during the summer, perhaps Mr. Bush should have been addressing these gaps in our security.

But there will be plenty of time for partisan politics later. Right now, our focus should be on uniting this nation against the cowards who are responsible for killing thousands of our unarmed citizens. We need to comfort the injured and those who have lost loved ones. And we must support the recovery efforts and our armed forces.

-- D. William Durr, Lithonia

Finally, a smart Caucasion
Dear Mr. Sugg: You seem to be the only intelligent white guy to ever write for Creative Loafing, and one of the few white Americans who is not living in denial about this country's cruel and racist history or its destructive foreign policy. I applaud you for answering your critics in "Sugg's Smackdown" (Fish Wrapper, Oct. 3). Most of them are a bunch of "liberal" and "conservative" idiots who never seem to realize that America was built on the backs of people of color whose labor helped the country to become a world power, but all the while have been treated as third-class citizens. I'm glad you took the courage to show your readers a critical look at what America really is, a country founded on hatred but masked as a savior.

-- David Harrison, Atlanta

Eritrean response
Neil Skene: Thanks for the article (Soapbox, "E-mail from exile," Oct. 3). The government in Eritrea is very clear in its action. It is not going to allow democracy to flourish. The people in the government may kill and imprison the messengers of freedom of speech but they can't stop the message. It is already out and moving fast.

I want to say thank you to the private newspapers for giving Eritreans a venue to voice their concerns and opinions about their country and their government. I hope freedom-loving people in the world raise their voices higher and demand the release of all journalists and political prisoners in Eritrea without any precondition.

-- Berhane Adhanom, Randolph, Mass.

West Coast spin
Mr. Bostock: Thank you for your thoughtful "Letter From Spain" (Paradigms, Sept. 26). I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, but lived in Atlanta for over 20 years before moving here. For us, the day was just beginning. I was awakened at 7 a.m. by the radio promising "more on the World Trade Center bombing after traffic."

The TV stayed on for at least the next 16 hours. We were all afraid to turn it off, wondering what would happen next. And, for once, the news was actually being reported, not analyzed, intellectualized and spun. To say that an entire nation was stunned is putting it lightly.

Living in the Bay Area gives one a different perspective on the tragedy. Most of us out here are hoping that cooler heads than Bush's will prevail and we will take a more measured approach to the tragedy. Bombing poor people is not a particularly good response and one we hope will not come about. Terrorism is not something that can be ended as long as their are disenfranchised people on this earth. Until the global economy becomes truly global, including all in its rewards, terrorism will go on. As Colin Powell said, the aim of terrorism is to induce terror. I would add it another aim -- to call attention to a situation or a group of people.

America is forever changed by this tragedy. Let's hope that in the long run, it's a change for the better.

-- Karen Myers, San Ramon, Cal.

The truth about Israel
Your Sept. 26 issue was wonderful. In particular, I liked the article "Fighting words" by Ken Edelstein, detailing some of the longstanding reasons U.S. foreign policy is disliked in many places, and "Terror: It's the real thing" by John Sugg, outlining Coke's complicity with terroristic union-busting in Colombia, and the equally lethal practices of other U.S. companies abroad.

Just as Mr. Sugg said, it is not so much our "freedoms" that other people hate (as President Bush claimed) as our government's practice of denying those freedoms to people in other countries -- in the interests of U.S. corporations.

One addendum to the very good points Mr. Edelstein makes against going to war: our main reason for supporting Israel (to the tune of $25 billion tax dollars a year) is oil. We support Israel not because it is a bastion of democracy (it's not) but because it is the largest aircraft carrier we have in that oil-rich region.

Keep up the good work.

-- Paul Schumacher, Atlanta


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