-- Jim Philips, Atlanta
Look after many
I just read your piece on Richard Florida's book and opinions on economic development ("The creative revolution," Aug. 21). I just wanted to point out one irony: For someone whose ideas you appear to suggest should resonate with liberals, he sure does seem elitist.
I might be close to the type of person whom Florida's cities court: a young scientist (currently an engineering grad student at Georgia Tech). However, I agree with Dr. Sawicki that economic development should hold priority over economic growth. That means looking after the needs of the many instead of the needs of the few, even if I may be one of those few. If Atlanta can improve the quality of life for all of its population by creating a cleaner, safer, fairer environment, then that is economic development. No one group, be it developers, heavy industry or people like me (or other CL readers) should be favored.
-- David Mebane, Roswell
(In response to Jane Says, "No wunderkind," Aug. 21): Jane Catoe: I felt like I was talking to an old friend (no pun intended). I was visiting Atlanta and read Creative Loafing for the first time as I was on the plane going back home. What a relief to know I was not alone in being a late-bloomer! I am physically "fortysomething," mentally twentysomething -- a late blooming rose who is finally getting it together and going after what she wants. Took 20-something years to find it out.
All I can say is -- thank God there are more late bloomers in the garden of life.
-- Sue Sims, New Orleans, La.
Other types of racism
(In response to Arts, "Disposable society," Aug. 21): Felicia Feaster: Why is this city so overwhelmingly engrossed with white against black racism? Why doesn't anyone ever talk about the extreme racism and hatred blacks have against whites?
As a white person living in Atlanta, I have been discriminated against by blacks more times than Ted Turner has dollars. Where are all those stories?
-- S. Tull, Union City
Come back to Highlands
I enjoyed the article on Highlands, N.C. (Travel, "On the road to Highlands," Aug. 21). Did want to correct one date error, however -- the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, which I direct, had a concert July 30 (with the Vega and Ciompi String Quartets). We will, however, have two wonderful fall concerts Oct. 12-13 featuring the Vega Quartet in Music of Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven.
-- William Ransom, artistic director,
Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival
Matter needs attention
(In response to "Unholy alliance," Aug. 14): Bringing and winning a suit on behalf of those who have been discriminated against due to their sexual orientation is perhaps the most difficult form of litigation. There are several reasons why.
First, there is absolutely no federal legal prohibition for firing, demoting, mistreating and harassing gay and transgendered employees so they can hardly be protected with class-action lawsuits.
Class-action suits are important for getting the attention of big law firms who can devote the people and hours necessary to win these types of cases. Instead, smaller firms such as ours, take cases we think have merit and try to fit the "crime" of discrimination into some other legal case like assault and battery.
The second problem is attitudes in the workplace. While more than half of Fortune 500 companies offer protection to their lesbian and gay employees in the form of written policies that prohibit discrimination in employment practices, corporate policies do not carry the weight of law and federal law does not provide a remedy for discrimination based on sexual orientation. And to fire, deny a promotion or harass an employee because he or she is gay is justified daily in corporate America in ways that we would find disgusting if it were done to African-American or female employees.
Finally, there is the problem of the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta, which has consistently ruled against plaintiffs in discrimination, sexual harassment and related cases.
To be gay in corporate America is challenging, but to have to face discrimination or harassment without the protection of the law is an embarrassment to the American legal system and our ideals as a nation.
We need greater attention to this matter in the media, Congress and the general public.
-- Randy New, KitchensNew LLC, Atlanta
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