As a conservative that distances myself from both major parties, I would like to congratulate Kevin Griffis on pointing out that Saxby Chambliss votes overwhelmingly Republican on issues ("Party animal," Oct. 2). Duh, he's a Republican. For someone obsessed with Chambliss' lack of bipartisan spirit, Mr. Griffis has penned six pages of the most pro-Democratic rhetorical bile I have seen from your paper in quite some time. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. And unfortunately your readers, the bulk of which are already getting an expensive brainwashing in local Atlanta universities, will probably accept his views as the gospel truth.
Let's see. Saxby votes against the ACLU's views. Oh that's a sin. It's obvious that Mr. Griffis is convinced that the ACLU is as much the savior of our nation now as the UAW was in the '40s. What else? Saxby votes against domestic partner initiatives and colleges using affirmative action as a basis for admission. Are you kidding me? Affirmative action righting past wrongs? Who filled Griffis' head with such nonsense that past wrongs can be righted by simply denying someone else the opportunity to gain admission that deserved to be there more?
And perhaps the most ridiculous thing of all -- his environmental record. Ah, clean air. With Saxby out of office, Georgia's air will be back to normal in, oh, about 80 years (provided a Republican never gets elected to office again, right?). We've just gotten finished with eight long years of Democratic tyranny and not once did I hear Mr. Clinton speak of, fund or plan for conversion to hydrogen power. Oddly enough, I never saw a cover story from Creative Loafing addressing why the Democrats, even our local Georgians, failed to make it an issue either.
Most humorous of all is the way Mr. Griffis meekly brings up Chambliss' strong support for farmers, lower taxes and national defense. In a day and age when the average American is being taxed to death, when 94 percent of our country is still rural, when our economy and our people still rely on farmers, and when our national security may be at risk, it seems to me that Chambliss at least has his priorities in the right place.
-- Auburn Rea, Atlanta
Roni Sarig: I am writing you from Dallas, Texas, to let you know how much I enjoyed the article on India.Arie and Donnie ("Soul mates," Sept. 25). I moved to Dallas from Atlanta four months ago, and I am still grieving about the fertile black music scene that I miss so much in Atlanta. I always admire your determination to provide more insight and a different point of view on these artists.
I have traveled extensively, and I have yet to find a music scene like that in Atlanta. Joi is a priceless treasure, OutKast is the most creative duo in hip-hop and rock, and Sleepy's Theme The Vinyl Room is one of the greatest funk CDs to be released in the last 10 years. All of these things come from the Atlanta creative soil.
Keep documenting the greatness and keep up the good work. Maybe you can help inspire Erykah and the gang here in Big D. Dallas needs help!
-- Kevin Walker, Dallas, Texas
Where's the 'Loafing'?
I remember a publication whose editorial content was focused on the whos, wheres, whens and hows of the leisure-time offerings in our fair city. Like its title promised, in addition to covering the higher-profile opportunities for one's entertainment dollar, it also highlighted the goings-on one might have otherwise missed in the course of a busy week.
But instead, I find myself trying to recall how many cover stories over the last year have addressed this idea of "loafing," creatively or not ... you know, "having fun." One? Two? (To be fair, I've been out of town for a week or so here and there -- I may have missed one.)
At the same time, the publication's page-count continues to dwindle, while the porn, massage-parlor and strip-club ads multiply like venereal scabs. Are you finding that your salespeople are having more trouble these days landing ad-buys from the more traditional businesses and advertisers in town? Well, mull over the concept of "association" for a while, and see what you come up with. Grim stories and sleazy ads have never been a model for publishing success.
Something is obviously wrong on board the CL ship. I wouldn't write if I weren't a longtime fan, and I sincerely hope the apparent leaks are soon repaired. The easiest and most effective start might be in changing its editorial course, and instead of this endless series of self-important and divisive political diatribes few people bother reading, how about writing about and showcasing the art of ... well, creative loafing? Give it a shot; we're pulling for you.
-- Scott Rogers, Atlanta
Editor's note: Ouch, Scott. That hurt. Actually, the paper's fatter than it's ever been. And an independent auditor recently determined that Creative Loafing has more than 750,000 regular readers, about 75,000 more than a year earlier. You're right that we've had a lot of political stories recently. But, hey, there's an election going on! And what could be more entertaining than a bunch of politicians equivocating and prevaricating their way into office? -- Ken Edelstein
The crackpot chromosome
(In response to Fishwrapper, "Roast the chickenhawks," Sept. 25): I don't advocate war myself, especially since there is a likely chance that I will find myself on active duty in Iraq if it happens. But, realizing that war is sometimes a necessity is not the same as advocating it.
There will never be a peaceful Utopia on Earth unless we can somehow genetically engineer out whatever chromosome makes some people assholes. So, until the Human Genome Project figures that one out, the cold hard reality is that no matter how civilized and averse to war we as a society get, there will always be some assholes who think its OK to kill others to achieve whatever crackpot objectives they may have in mind. And usually the only effective way to deal with such assholes is to by force either segregate them from the rest of society or cease their metabolic functions via projectiles, explosives, blunt instruments, etc.
-- Bret J. Bryon, staff sergeant,
Georgia Army Reserve National Guard
Worth the while
Matt Hutchinson: I am a big fan of Creative Loafing and have been a dedicated reader for at least 10 years now. The thing that I love the most about Creative Loafing is its ability to thoroughly cover the music scene in Atlanta. I usually just focus on who is playing where and skip the articles about the bands because, in the past, I have found those articles to be quite dry and uninformative. But I must say you caught my attention and ever since, I have been a loyal reader of your articles. You have the genius to capture the essence (or lack there of) of each band you write about. It is about time a great paper such as Creative Loafing had an exceptional music writer. You make it worth the while.
-- Sullivan Waters, Savannah
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