Consequently, he has served us effectively and would seem to have an unlimited potential in politics.
Unfortunately, the numerous scandals and controversies that he has generated have tarnished his reputation.
Although I don't believe that Vernon could be elected to a statewide office, I do feel that his reputation is still stellar enough that he could be elected to Congress from the Fourth District, which includes DeKalb County.
- D. William Durr, Lithonia
Rebecca Ford - a Sugg in training - geesh, one ultra-extremist was enough, now he has a groupie.
In her "Gimme A 'P' for Paris" article (News & Views, Subblog, July 7), she was sooooo excited to cheer for the anti-American French, but after the whole world voted, Paris lost to the United Kingdom - the strongest friend of America and freedom that there is.
Now, maybe Rebecca can practice saying things like "jolly good" and "God save the Queen" because France lost - again - and America and the United Kingdom won - again. Rebecca might have asked for an "L": "L" for London or "L" for "loser" for supporting the anti-American French.
- Jeff Breedlove, Morningside
No sympathy here
Creative Loafing has long been an outspoken critic of law enforcement and an advocate of criminal's rights. The latest example is the "Justice ... eventually" column (News & Views, July 7).
We're asked to feel sorry for criminals who have to wait for their indictments in DeKalb County. The featured criminal (Carmen Jeter) is a career criminal who has been waiting six months for her indictment. The article indicates this is an extreme case. She's charged with fraud and has admitted her guilt. She's already been convicted in the past of fraud and parole violations.
Six months is too long, agreed. But this might warrant a blurb in the daily rag. This article, with her prominent photo, is a full-page article on "injustice."
We're supposed to feel sorry for the perpetrators because through their own selfish (sometimes even evil) actions, they find themselves at the mercy of a less than efficient trial system, and their families and personal finances bear the brunt of their actions. Yes, Larry Schneider, when you put someone in jail, it "screws up all sort s of people's lives," like their victims! But they don't seem to matter to you. Regardless of whose lives get screwed up, the fault lies with the person committing the crime. Yes, make the system more efficient. Feel sorry for Carmen Jeter? Absolutely not.
- Steve Hendrix, Decatur
How dare you?
As I read Cliff Bostock's recent article, "Wackier than Jacko," I found myself increasingly dumbfounded that a Ph.D. in psychology could be so misguided about the psychological effects of child sexual abuse (Talk of the Town, Headcase, June 30). Mr. Bostock's gross minimization of the trauma associated with acts of sexual aggression on children is at best uninformed, and at worst completely irresponsible.
In his article, Mr. Bostock claims that victims who suffer "lifelong consequences" from sexual abuse have usually been subjected to "literal penetration or a pattern of physically overwhelming the child." As most mental health care professionals know, child sexual abuse can include touching, nontouching and exploitative behaviors. The long-term psychological effects of this abuse, which include depression, post-traumatic stress and low self-esteem (to name a few), are not reserved for victims of penetration and physical force alone. Can a responsible psychologist truly believe "copping a feel a few times" is somewhat more acceptable than other forms of child sexual abuse?
Mr. Bostock claims the American media is in a decadent state. Agreed. He also claims the Michael Jackson verdict was "appropriate." Unless he has read the entire transcript of the trial, one can assume his supposition of nonguilt was based on the same filtration of information through the media he claims to distrust. The defendant's guilt or innocence notwithstanding, the true tragedy of the Jackson case lies in the deluge of misinformation, uninformed opinions and victim-blaming that has the potential to affect the criminal justice process for true victims of sexual violence.
- Amy Hutsell Kiefer, Atlanta
Editor's note: While Cliff Bostock holds a clinically oriented master's degree in psychology, his Ph.D. is a nonclinical degree in the theory of the unconscious. He is not a clinical psychologist.
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