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Make way
"Mayhem on Moreland" (Feb. 19) and "Not a rousing endorsement" (CL's online update) are two poorly titled articles that Michael Wall and Creative Loafing used to show their bias against a prosperous company (Sembler) trying to create a work/life development in the Edgewood neighborhood of Atlanta.

These articles implied that the residents and homeowners in the area are opposed to the development. This is just not true as evidenced by the Organized Neighbors of Edgewood (ONE) and the Neighborhood Planning Unit's vote to recommend rezoning. ONE voted 30-11 for the recommendations -- what does Mr. Wall consider a rousing endorsement? Sure it's not a mandate, but it shows that a large majority of people in the neighborhood would like to see the Atlanta Gas Light area redeveloped into something that serves as both a convenient place to shop and play and provides several hundred jobs that Atlanta sorely needs.

If the demands placed on Sembler are too restrictive, the company may just rethink their decision to purchase (and the prospect of hundreds of jobs and increasing the tax base) and move back into the suburbs where they seem to be welcomed.

At Monday's meeting of ONE, the handful of vocal dissenters in the group (few of which were actual homeowners in Edgewood) shouted of being disenfranchised because of the voting rules in the by-laws and used buzzwords to invoke fear of the big bad developer gobbling up the little people. The way they carried on, you'd think that God was going to build a Super Wal-Mart in the middle of Eden. The current property is a blight -- a mass of pavement and several ugly buildings. To the opponents and Mr. Wall: They've already paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Now we have a company who wants to beautify it -- and make a little money in the process. Make way for the bulldozers!

-- Samuel Johnson, Atlanta

Room for war
That online "war room" page was such a great idea! Thanks to all who were/are responsible.

-- Tony Hammock, Atlanta

Editor's note: Visit CL's War Room at for more of Andisheh Nouraee's Don't Panic, John Sugg's Fishwrapper and all other things war-related.

Broadcasting nonsense
(In response to Fishwrapper, "Attack of the right's radio clones," Feb. 26): The left does not really understand a free economy -- an economy that responds to the needs and will of the people. That is why left/liberal radio talk shows do not exist. Because the demand is not there. It is the project of liberal businessmen who have to fund this project because the public outcry for this sort of nonsense is non-existent. Let's see, years ago Mike Malloy failed, Cuomo failed and now Donahue is history. Meanwhile, conservatives still have Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Gordon Liddy, Roger Hitchcock and Tony Snow. They are everywhere. No one wants to listen to three hours of liberal pabulum, which only tells the truth 50 percent of the time.

The Fairness Doctrine is just another example of government intervention. It is an unnecessary law because it is contrary to a free enterprise system, which explains why the left supports it. Clear Channel broadcasts "mental sewage" because that is what their research shows their audience wants to hear.

Oh yeah, calling the right "anti-intellectual" is just typical rhetoric from the head-in-their-ass left. Being conservative, I had to throw in one bad word just so you know I am genuine.

-- Michael Merck, Suwanee

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! I must admit it's hilarious to watch John Sugg strut and cluck his way to his latest Bush conspiracy theory, "How Bush buys positive war spin" (Fishwrapper, Feb. 19).

Sugg goes on with his ridiculous ramble that big business and media consolidation will further restrict opposing viewpoints and subsequently edit content to their own liking. Well, John, this isn't news. This type of one-sided journalism has been going on for years. It's called the New York Times, Washington Post and virtually every other major newspaper editorial board.

I think any fair-minded individual if they where to ask themselves where these papers stand on affirmative action, abortion, tort reform or (the liberal Jihad) Bush tax cuts, they would clearly agree major news outlets are decidedly anti-conservative, even if they do run a token Bill O'Reilly column.

The real issue here is not that "Bush is mad with imperial delusions" as Sugg suggests (which should relieve him of any objectivity) or a sinister connection between the news and government. No, the real issue is that conservatives are finally getting a well-deserved voice in media outlets. And, liberals like Sugg are mad as hell about it.

-- Jeff Roberts, Atlanta

My reason for reading
Hollis Gillespie: I have just re-read your most recent column in CL about the puppy love -- for the fifth time (Moodswing, "Puppy love," Feb. 19). I was alone at the end of the bar at Northside Tavern when I first read it, nearly shooting wild turkey and Sprite through my nose. Very funny indeed. I enjoy your column weekly. Besides Jane Catoe (where is she?) I only read the Blotter, News of the Weird and musical listings then the paper makes its way to the bottom of my parrots cage where serious damage takes place.

-- Mat Dougherty, Atlanta

Aren't we there?
(In response to Fishwrapper, "How Bush buys positive war spin," Feb. 19): What makes you think we haven't already reached totalitarian statehood?

The evidence is plain that Congress has become as ineffective as those bodies in Cuba, China and Iraq, not to mention the ones of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. It would seem that the Democrats who might be able to recover the government have gone over to the Bushitters (an offer they can't refuse?), mainly just to maintain their cushy salaries and graft.

Perhaps you are like most of the rest who won't believe it until the tanks appear in Market Square instead of Tiananmen.

-- S.K. Snedegar, Pensacola, Fla.

Raise your voice
Mr. Sugg, as a concerned American, I want to thank you for your excellent article on media consolidation and the inherent danger that that represents to our faltering democracy (Fishwrapper, "How Bush buys positive war spin," Feb. 19). We need people like yourself to keep up the fight against Bush and his corporate fascists since we sure as hell aren't going to hear the truth from corporate whore media. If we are to save our country from these mind-numbing thugs, it is going to take the voice of people rising up and folks like yourself are so important in that regard. Keep fighting! I know I will.

-- Lance Laughlin, Independence, Mo.

Poking fun
Cliff Bostock is quite right that the ancient Romans did not consider sex between people of the same gender as criminal or pathological in any way, that kind of thinking would come later with the spread of Christianity (Headcase, "Super-sizing sex," Feb. 12). However, there is no question that Petronius was poking fun at homosexuality. When I was in college, I read the Satyricon in Latin and one of the funnier running jokes in it is that Encolpius, which is a Greek name roughly meaning "crotch," is constantly battling his rival Ascyltos for the affection of the much younger Giton. All three characters have Greek rather than Latin names and Encolpius' and Ascyltos' exclusive sexual preference for a young man is a jab at the supposed Greek proclivity for sodomy. Petronius' comic novel satirizes life in the 1st century A.D. and it targets gay Greeks (foreigners), nouveau riche freedmen (social climbers) and slyly the Emperor Nero himself (a silly megalomaniac).

-- L.M. Shannon, Atlanta

Two sides of Powell
First of all, thanks for the informed and intelligent analysis of the current administration's rush to war in your current issue (Fishwrapper, "The war party's huckster," Feb. 12). In that short space, you approached the subject with more depth than a month's worth of editorial pages in the AJC or New York Times. And thanks for reminding me of Colin Powell's checkered past. The nation had a full account of his various shady roles in some of biggest scandals of the last 30 years a while back.

He still comes across as having a conscience, but at the same time is all too willing to follow orders.

-- Jon Champion, Marietta

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