The employees will suffer with less routes and may lose their jobs. Most of MARTA's riders who do not have any other option may lose jobs in an economy already suffering from recession. And the riders who ride MARTA as an alternative will go back to their cars and then MARTA will complain of lost revenue, again.
MARTA does not care nor do the politicians or business leaders who have been silent about this change. Other urban cities plagued by the same challenges that MARTA cites over and over again manage to provide decent service.
-- Shilpa Mehta, Tucker
The science of sports
While it's not rocket science to understand the various shenanigans that take place in the sale of sports franchises, your column "A lotta Falcon money" (Fishwrapper, Dec. 12) is the best I've read lately in laying out for readers the formula of the deal and the events that will happen in the future. It's also one of the best written, though that's to be expected since you work for the alternative press, the last place where investigative work still gets done.
-- Tom Goldstein, publisher Elysian Fields Quarterly, St. Paul, Minn.
(In response to Fishwrapper, "Does Georgia need smart growth?" Dec. 5): I read your column today and was amazed at either your lack of knowledge or intentional failure to point out several facts.
In regard to question No. 1, you neglected to mention that the property tax, school tax and any other taxes collected by any county government would increase by approximately $1.5 million to $2 million above what was probably being collected before development. Don't you feel that this revenue increase would more than adequately provide for schools, policemen and the few other services that most counties provide today?
Are you also not aware that any impact fees that any developer pays simply adds to the cost of the development and is ultimately passed on to the new homeowners or shopping center owners and ultimately is paid by those who live, shop or use services provided by the ultimate owners of developed land?
Your anti-growth article reeks of the bias many intown elitists spew forth. Please realize that there are many people that simply cannot afford homes in Inman Park, Virginia-Highland and many of the other grossly overpriced intown neighborhoods. These are the policemen, firemen, teachers, county and city employees that are able to own "cookie cutter" homes in the suburbs because some developer and/or builder was gutsy enough to buy and develop land in an outlying area.
-- Jerry Osgood, Atlanta
Editor's note: John Sugg may be an elitist, but he's not an intown elitist. He lives in Lawrenceville.
I read with revulsion a recent op-ed by Luke Boggs that beats the drums of war in support of bombing Iraq (Flipside, "Should Saddam Hussein be America's next target?" Dec. 12). First, the word "bombing" is ambiguous given that the U.S. has continuously bombed Iraq since the end of the Gulf War more than 10 years ago. This bombing of Iraq was also in addition to the 10 years of economic sanctions that have resulted in the deaths of approximately 250 people every day since (UNICEF, April 1998).
Boggs is totally ambivalent to the explosive situation of the Palestine/Israel conflict. The people of the Middle East and Muslim world are watching with horror the unfolding of a hypocritical U.S. foreign policy, a policy that asks their support in bombing Iraq yet persists in its uncritical military and political support of Israel. To Arabs and Muslims, Israel is a brutal colonial power that has denied Palestinians their freedom and independence from the occupation. It also scares them with its nuclear, biological and chemical weapons by far superior in quality and quantity than those Iraq is believed to have. Bombing Iraq simply exposes a double standard in U.S. foreign policy, a kind of "weaponry apartheid."
The solution to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction should be fair and applied without distinction. Moreover, disaster looms as Palestinians are cornered even further. Our priorities need to be reassessed to help end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and not to inflame an already volatile region. Tightening the tap on our welfare payments to Israel would be a good idea. Israel uses U.S. taxpayer money not only to build Jewish-only settlements on lands confiscated from Palestinians but also to consolidate every aspect of the occupation.
The Israeli military occupation of Palestine results in daily dispossession, deaths and humiliation to Palestinians. Their plight is central in the psyche of every Arab and Muslim. Unable to wage war or achieve a just peace, their frustrations will inadvertently take dangerous forms. We are fooling ourselves with our disgraceful ambivalence to these frustrations and blatant double standards.
-- Rani F. El-Hajjar, Atlanta
Bring education to forefront
Excellent story on Roy Barnes -- it was something I'd been wanting to read about for a while now ("The King and why," Dec. 12). I was hoping to get some more detail about the education area of things, but that's not what the story was about specifically. I've recently become friends with some Gwinnett County teachers -- ex-teachers, actually. They both taught for years in the Georgia system and finally had enough with all of the absurd changes going on. They quit, went to school again and changed their careers. These are early thirtysomethings, and both say they loathe Barnes' education "reforms." My aunt, who is a teacher as well, was complaining about Barnes' programs, too, and made a curious comment: "Barnes is making these changes based on the way things work in those Atlanta counties like Gwinnett and Cobb. He doesn't know how things work here."
Your very complete, thoughtful, non-biased report on Barnes' rule was done so well, I'd love to see a similar article focusing on his education "reforms." Thanks again for the fantastic story.
-- Jeff Ballentine, Atlanta
Indigo is back -- in Brunswick
I saw the "Indigo returns" blurb (Cuisine, The Dish, Dec. 5) and I just had to sound off as part of a family that worked hard for the success of Partners & Indigo. Indigo in its true form has not existed since the departure of my mother, Alix Kenagy, and its subsequent bastardization by her ex-husband Dan Carson.
The Indigo that Tom Catheral bought was a restaurant without a heartbeat. Those who remember the original Indigo should not expect the restaurant that was. Indigo is back in a sense, but it's in Brunswick, Ga. It is owned and run by my mother and sister. It's called Cargo -- A Portside Grill. Those who appreciated my mother's culinary and atmospheric flair should be informed for the next time they hit the Georgia coastal area.
-- Justin Kenagy, Atlanta
(In response to Andisheh Nouraee's "Don't Panic" column): Since you're obviously so unhappy with everything about our country and our commander in chief and everything he does, why don't you just LEAVE! Go to some place really hot and humid, too. That oughta suit your kind.
In case you haven't noticed, the U.S.A. is at war, numb nuts. If people like you (and ex-whatever Clinton) were in charge, your political correctness obsession would put every single person in this country in peril from terrorists who wouldn't be arrested or detained because their "civil rights" might be violated.
Reminder: No person -- no matter their color or protected status vis-a-vis the P.C. police -- has the "civil right" to make war on the U.S.A. or her citizens.
-- Lynn Marsh, Atlanta
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