You done good!
Congratulations on an excellent and comprehensive set of articles on the High Museum ("High rising," Nov. 10). Collectively and individually, it provided a great deal of information in an informative and provocative format. I hope that this approach will continue for the arts as well as other topics. Creative Loafing, you did good!
-- James Oxendine, Atlanta
Look into my crystal ball
Holy-moley, I can't believe this! I just moved a cabinet around my desk that hasn't moved in ages and what do I find? An issue of Creative Loafing that I must have put there and forgot about dated Sept. 23, 2004. What's the cover story? "A disaster waiting to happen. FEMA being ravaged as protection from natural hazards is cut in the name of homeland security."
Can a sistah get a peek through that crystal ball and get next week's Lotto numbers?
-- Nanette D. Massey, Norcross
Regarding CL owner Ben Eason's comment on the "tiresomeness" of the left-right political schism (Humbug Square, "AJC to city: 'Drop dead,' Nov. 10).
The left-right thing is so tiresome because it has been around for so long. It is essentially the struggle between the strong and the weak and it's not going away anytime soon, especially with Big Business firmly in charge and still looking very muscular for the long run. Ignore this? Even an owner should recognize a classic story with broad and enduring appeal. Besides, people get hurt by this shit.
CL can leave the field on this and move on to "fresh, new" perspectives on the news as other media have done. Perhaps Judith Miller is available to show the way; I hear she's looking. Or maybe W's pal Karen Hughes can help CL with "getting the real story" out there.
Anyway, John Sugg, probably Doug Monroe, and likely some others on the CL staff, like me, have had our DNA irreversibly altered by thinking about this crap for so many years that we just can't forget about it. We can't help ourselves and don't want to.
-- Mitch Moody, Atlanta
More who are mad as hell
I wish D.A. King would move to California and run for governor (Humbug Square, "Mad as hell in Cobb County," Nov. 3). He'd win by a landslide. In California, the legal citizens have made their position clear about illegal immigration. Unfortunately, our politicians don't listen. If the citizens of Georgia would like to see the economic and social impact of failing to enforce the immigration laws, look to California.
-- Marla Merhab Robinson, Santa Ana, Calif.
I've written out a list of the major impacts of mass immigration on our country. We get immigration sob-stories all the time, but few journalists are covering the global, disastrous effects of mass immigration on us. Here they are:
1) The flood of immigrants drives wages and living conditions in our central cities toward those of the Third World.
2) The influx imposes both sprawl and gridlock on our metropolitan areas.
3) Immigrant families needing services overwhelm our schools, taxpayer-funded health care facilities, and other public agencies.
4) Those requiring services don't assimilate and, instead, expect to be served in their native languages.
5) American civic culture frays as each ethnic group establishes its own grievance lobby and pushes for preferences.
6) Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis (new, drug-resistant strains) return.
7) Shortages of water and other resources loom, especially in immigration-overwhelmed California.
At the end of your column, you blame corporate interests. You're certainly correct about that. But that's just part of the story -- my points 4 and 5 above are definitely projects of the left, not corporations.
-- Paul Nachman, Bozeman, Mont.
Andisheh is a Mr.
I enjoy reading Creative Loafing and find it helpful in finding out about activities and events in Atlanta, but I was somewhat annoyed to see your paper providing space for Palestinian propaganda in a column written by Ms. Andisheh Nouraee (News & Views, Don't Panic, Oct. 27). Ms. Nouraee does point out the value of the wall in decreasing terror incidents. But when she states, "Abbas has gotten Palestinian militants to largely suspend their attacks," she is distorting reality. The weekend of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, more than 40 rockets were fired into Israel, and [then] Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces trying to build a rocket-making factory in Jenin. The author does point out that Abbas is "attempting" to stop terror but obviously he fails at his attempts. We cannot stop Islamic fanatics from suiciding.
Israel did not "take" the land from Egypt during the 1967 War. It defended itself from attack from all the surrounding countries and "won" the land in a war it did not invite. Israel gave all the land back for peace, but Egypt didn't want Gaza. It seems that none of the wealthy Arab regimes really care about the Palestinians, except to use them as political propaganda. Instead of using Gaza as a preliminary model for a new free and democratic nation, it is becoming an arsenal and base for continued war against Israel.
I wonder if Ms. Nouraee sees any "goodness" in the hearts of the Israelis. Congratulations to Ms. Nouraee on saving "a bunch of money" on her car insurance. That's one of the benefits of living in a free, capitalistic democracy like Israel or America.
I hope Creative Loafing will offer a more balanced forum and not just present a leftist, pro-Arab perspective.
-- Dr. Arthur Trotzky, Smyrna
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