-- Gary Horlacher, Atlanta
On the right track
I appreciate the well thought-out article on the GOP race ("CL's Primary Election Circus," Aug. 7).
To answer one issue raised in the piece, U.S. Senate candidate Bob Irvin does oppose many of the civil rights stealing aspects of the bill that Saxby Chambliss voted for. So there is a very good reason to think Bob would oppose the president on this. He has publicly stated so.
-- David Bernknopf, campaign consultant
for Bob Irvin
McKinney has a backbone
Creative Loafing's "Primary Election Circus" correctly identified Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as a solid progressive on the issues and one of the small minority of politicians willing to question the mainstream.
Creative Loafing also correctly pointed out Denise Majette's lack of specificity on issues or worse, some odd stances geared more for a few well-connected people or big polluters. Majette's support of repealing the estate tax which is fiscally irresponsible and threatens our Social Security and Medicare is one example. Another example is her Bush-like hedging on global warming.
I do disagree with Creative Loafing's opinion that Congresswoman McKinney is too controversial and thus may be ineffective. In this country's current "agree or shut up" atmosphere, I like some progressive politicians with a backbone.
And if McKinney is so ineffective, why then are Republicans whipped up in such a frenzy that they are willing to take a Democratic ballot to vote for Majette, thus giving up their opportunity to select the best Republican candidates?
-- Eric Hovdesven, Atlanta
She'll come around?
(In response to "CL's Primary Election Circus," Aug. 7): Your endorsement in the 4th Congressional District race is decidedly disingenuous. You note that Cynthia McKinney has a flawless record on issues that resonate with the laboring masses and those who seek to protect the environment. You say that Denise Majette is largely uninformed on important national matters, fret that her policy agenda seems to the right of her potential constituents, and worry that she seems to be ripe for manipulation by monied interests. You say that Majette has no solutions other than those that serve the interests of corporations and that her position on drug benefits, estate taxes, Social Security and reparations are out of step with her district.
To paraphrase: "It's the issues, dummy." Your endorsement should not be based on style, campaign strategy or whether a candidate chooses to debate or sit for interviews. In the face of a right-wing campaign to target progressive African-American incumbents, you do a disservice to the voters of the 4th District when you suggest that they vote for a candidate who has not demonstrated that she is one with them on the issues, and that they should hope that she comes around once elected.
-- Earl Picard, Atlanta
(In response to Vibes, "Hot August nights," Aug. 7): It is interesting that while you are critical of Atlantis' close industry ties and you feel that it is a negative, you fail to mention that Creative Loafing is a sponsor of IG and not of Atlantis and that people who work on IG also coincidentally work at Creative Loafing. For someone who considers themself a "serious" journalist, your objectivity is arguably more suspect than ours. Even Entertainment Weekly discloses that they are a AOL Time Warner subsidiary when writing on topics that involve these companies.
Pot + kettle = black.
-- Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment
Editor's note: IG fest co-founder Jason Hatcher's employment at CL was, in fact, disclosed in previous articles that mentioned Hatcher and IG. In addition, music events that CL sponsors are determined by the paper's promotions staff. There is no consultation with the music editor or writers, and no encouragement to cover the event in any way.
Bucking the Bible belt
(In response to Paradigms, "An eyeful and then some," Aug. 7): Thank you for your article in Creative Loafing; your sarcasm and wit truly put lots of things into perspective. I just hope the right people read it and learn something from it. We are porn stars that live in Atlanta and think the whole thing was ridiculous (except the 16-year-old having sex). Maybe someday the Bible Belt will tighten so hard it breaks -- we can only hope!
-- Tabitha and Jon Stern, Atlanta
Not Just cars
For over a year, Creative Loafing has gone above and beyond other news sources in educating the public about the dangers that power plant pollution poses to Georgians' health and our air and water quality. The latest piece on Atlanta's air quality woes ("Hold Your Breath," July 31), however, would lead some to believe that the air pollution problem is not half-and-half, but rather can be blamed mostly on cars.
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