It saddens me to see the continued bias in the local media over [the Piedmont Park parking deck] (What We're For, "Decks that aren't stacked," Nov. 24). You state that the parking deck proposal had widespread opposition, but neglect to note the widespread support evidenced by the turnout of ordinary citizens not only at the City Council meeting last Monday, but also at both Community Development Committee meetings the prior week, and at a host of meetings going back for 18 months.
Your story referenced NPU opposition, but failed to point out that, due to lack of participation, you can only say that the NPUs represent the will of a small, politically invested and vocal minority -- not ordinary folks. To suggest that public input was limited when this issue has been on the table for public debate for more than 18 months is a bit absurd. Anyone who wanted to be heard on this subject has been heard -- at regular Piedmont Park Conservancy community meetings, Piedmont Park Conservancy board meetings, town hall meetings hosted by the mayor and Council members, the mayor's task force meetings, Council committee meetings, and through letters to the editor of every major news outlet in the city.
Anyone who wasn't heard didn't bother to speak up. The fact that the arguments of the opposition were not persuasive does not prove that they were not heard. For you to suggest that someone -- the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park Conservancy or city officials -- stifled this debate is at best disingenuous.
Edward R. Morrow said, "A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices." You might want to double-check to see which is true for you.
-- Kay E. Stephenson, Atlanta
Have a hissy
Thank you, thank you, and dare I say thanky Lordy, thanky Boss (Arts, "Who doesn't need nuttin'?" Nov. 17)!
I went to see Porgy and Bess, which I had never seen before, but grew up with my father singing the songs. It is a sad, sad state of affairs that black people have this as the only cultural opera with great popularity. We should be boycotting, and having hissy fits. Lordy, lordy have mercy on us!
It was enough to make me write an opera and find a musician to collaborate with.
Geez! Enough already! Thanks for your evenhanded light.
-- Toni Lee, Atlanta
We've been here!
I do not know where you have been, but the Democrats have been around doing what we always do: working hard to make Georgia a better place for everyone and trying to bring awareness of the lies and obfuscation perpetuated by the Bush administration to the people of Georgia (Humbug Square, "Rising from the ashes," Nov. 17). The problem was the Repubs were always cloaking themselves in fantasy and covering the truth with lies, and the Democrats were obscured. However, with the collapse of the wall of make-believe that has surrounded the Bushees for the past few years, the reality is finally visible.
-- Jay Trevari, Norcross
More mad as hell
D.A. King should be governor (Humbug Square, "Mad as hell in Cobb County," Nov. 3). He only wants the laws of our country to be obeyed, and we all should, especially now with the war on terrorism. His position is not racist. He gets my vote.
-- Everett Robinson, Marietta
If I lived in Georgia, D.A. King wouldn't have to pay me a dime to participate in a protest against illegal immigration. I'm of Hispanic heritage and would gladly join him and the other patriots down there who regularly express their outrage over our country's open borders.
Another thing: Immigration reform is not about race, and patriotic Hispanic-American citizens don't appreciate being lumped in with illegal aliens, which is racist. What we need are more people like Canyon County, Idaho, Commissioner Robert Vasquez running for office. Vasquez is pro-borders, anti-illegal immigration, running for Congress, and would get my vote any day.
-- Brad Cordova, Minneapolis, Minn.
I really enjoyed your piece on D.A. King. The country, and the state, need many more people like him. He is but one of many who share the same thought: Illegal aliens should be deported, pure and simple. Their labor may be cheap, but the costs they add to social services, welfare, education, the court system, etc., add much more.
All that I can say to Mr. King is to keep on keeping on.
-- Horton Herrin, Dalton
Mr. King represents everything that is right about America. He is doing what all Americans who care about America should be doing. I consider him a friend that I will support in any way I can. He is not a racist that militant Latinos and Hispanics say he is. If he was, why would I be proud to call him my friend? All Americans who care about America should find a way to support him or get involved in stopping illegal immigration and those who support it.
-- Ellen Gallegos, Albuquerque, N.M.
It's not going to work
I cannot fully identify why I am compelled to respond to your recent column titled "Bad ride" (Humbug Square, Oct. 27). There are certainly more pressing issues facing our city and country, although to date none of these other important issues have prompted me to take the time to compose a comment. My response is not prompted by "road rage" because I have just under a three-mile commute, which rarely takes more than 15 minutes. Perhaps I feel compelled to write because I just returned from New York and traversed the city with little trouble using public transportation. Maybe I was prompted to write because your column so correctly identified the folly in Atlanta's alleged solution to traffic.
With regards to Mr. Cagle, I cannot believe that any politician thinks that a modern solution to traffic is to widen roads. I can only hope that if the public knew the true cost of Atlanta's failure to invest in light rail they might demand an effective solution to the traffic problem.
-- D. Michael Williams, Atlanta
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