Pants on fire
Your recent article (Fishwrapper, "Hello, Mom. Hello, FBI. Hello, NSA.," Jan. 26) blatantly lied about Richard Nixon being impeached (" ... penalty for the illegal program could be -- should be -- Nixon's fate: impeachment"). Nixon was never impeached. The only two impeached presidents in U.S. history are Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson. Nice try.
Also was humorous to see you mention the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in your article criticizing the Bush administration's wiretapping of phones. Yet you conveniently left out the fact that King himself was illegally wiretapped, approved by none other than Democrats Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy. Maybe King was talking to the Russians? In fact, the purpose of those wiretaps was so Johnson could get dirt on him, supposedly because he was having extramarital affairs.
Next time, try and apply a little fairness to your articles, as if you ever would do that.
-- Pete Bondesen, Atlanta
Editor's note: John Sugg's column referred to the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon that were approved in July 1974 by the House Judiciary Committee. It is true that Nixon resigned rather than face an impeachment vote from the full House.
Wait till you see it
Staff Writer Curt Holman informed your readers that the upcoming production of Waiting for Godot at Theatre Gael promised few laughs (Arts, "Theater sampler," Jan. 5).
How would Mr. Holman have been able to make this claim having never seen the production? He wouldn't, without being irresponsible, arrogant and uninformed.
This production may make the audience laugh till they shit or want to slit their wrists in boredom. Either way, it is not ethical to report with no evidence. Is he just reacting to his personal feelings about the text? He wasn't writing a book review of Sam Beckett's work, but rather commenting on a performance yet to be seen.
If your food editor were to inform his readers of what he was to review in the next issue and added commentary like "I'm sure it's going to suck," that would be the same kind of irresponsibility.
It is one thing to have a theater critic who pawns off self-indulgent "insight" and plot summaries as a review, but this is a new low.
-- Chad Yarborough, Atlanta
Editor's note: Yarborough has worked with Theatre Gael.
I strongly believe that the issue with Mr. Campbell's defiant attitude is a snag between childhood endeavors and political discrepancies (Cover story, "What's in it for me?" Jan. 26).
I believe that little Bill is still harbouring some of the hurtful disgrace he was made to endure as a child. He started fighting back with the power that was rendered him.
However, whatever might be the psychological reasons for his behavior, and if, in fact, he has truly broken any rules or laws, I believe that he deserves more than just a slap on the wrist.
Thank God his beautiful wife is still supportive of him.
Many of the brothers who break through the chains of mental confinement find themselves faced with unexpected obstacles. Unfortunately, this is the kind of society we live in -- one of majority rule.
So many men, along their prominent journeys, are swayed by the wayward winds of greed and the cunningness of dishonesty. There are lessons to be learned, even for the most intelligent. I have seen men detain their own freedom by confining themselves in the ignorance of sin.
All these worldly allegations concerning Mr. Campbell's dilemma are mere constituents being used to free him from self-imprisonment, but it is too bad that he is not in the world all by himself.
Freedom has a price, but now, in the days of A.D. (after the death of Christ), that price should not be imprisonment, or not even death.
-- Frances Wooten
My neighborhood, Howell Station, is very near the quarry and along the Beltline (News & Views, "Saving history," Jan. 26). Why doesn't the mayor's moratorium protect the threat of tear-downs in this community as well as the affluent ones? Howell Station survived the millennium only to be carved up by developers seeking to make a big buck. Blue-collar neighborhoods are equally valuable as historical symbols and have architecture well worth preserving.
-- Alice Pickett
Oakhurst Grill has been our quiet neighborhood restaurant but the quality of the food deserves crowds (Grazing, "Carb crossover," Jan. 26). They also have a great brunch. I recently took my 76-year-old connoisseur mother to brunch, and it passed inspection.
-- Dawn Mixon Bennett
On and on
And the beat(ing on the house) goes on ... .
Loved it! Been to the Sell Out place -- bought a sink there several years ago that still resides unplumbed in my garage ... (Moodswing, "Sell Out Center," Jan. 26).
Hollis, the reason you respect me and are so fucking in love with me is that I know how and when to keep boundaries. I wouldn't have chosen to buy that piece-of-shit-Jim-Walter-sorry-excuse-for-an-investment home because of the major surgery it needed, not to mention it just has plain old bad bones, so I couldn't stay whole and help your deaf-ear-ass with it, either.
I love you, bitch!
-- Grant Henry
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