I just wanted to thank you for your excellent article "Dr. Curry goes to Washington" (News & Views, Nov. 3). I have been struck with this false "balance" in the mainstream press that accepts any tripe as equal so long as it is supported by the far right. Skeptical Inquirer [magazine] had a fascinating series of articles in its latest issue on the evolution vs. intelligent design debate, one of which pointed out the way that the latter yanks scientists' quotes out of context and then are granted legitimacy by the cowardly press (Creative Loafing not being in that category).
-- Michael Bellesiles, Decatur
Take back this country
Thank you for your article on D.A. King (Humbug Square, "Mad as hell in Cobb County," Nov. 3). It is time for the American people to take back this country by electing people like D.A. King who will stand up for Americans and help us to regain our sovereignty, our culture, our language and our country. I hope that King will run for governor of Georgia, and I hope that the people of that state are smart enough to realize that electing King is their only hope.
-- Peggy Decker, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
An American who insists that our borders be secured and that the law be equally applied -- to everyone -- listens to music, can cook, is married, well-traveled ... and has a cat.
Doug Monroe has written a fair and balanced piece on someone with the temerity to insist that immigration into the United States ... here it comes ... be legal.
He will no doubt pay for forgoing the usual knee-jerk drivel of others that it is somehow un-American or "racist" to oppose the organized crime that is illegal immigration. I hope his column does not get him barred from too many Midtown saloons.
A few things: "Ham-handed" or not, I am proud that I could provide lunch money to several Americans who are unemployed, unrepresented and helpless to oppose the felonious importation and employment of illegal labor that is taking the jobs they once held.
It goes unreported when the wealthy illegal alien lobby busses in hundreds who actually boast on their placards that they are here illegally -- while they demand driver's licenses and "dignity" at other Capitol rallies.
While he is a founding partner of a bank that is quietly making mortgage loans to them, state Sen. Sam Zamarripa carefully guards the illegals who have made it past our intentionally underfunded Border Patrol like the golden eggs that they are to him. A "moral issue," indeed.
Monroe is correct that illegal aliens and American taxpayers are being exploited. More study will show the endless web of corruption of which those of us who study the crisis are already aware.
The American people were promised that our borders would be secured and that criminal employers would be sanctioned if only we would tolerate the "one-time" amnesty for nearly 3 million illegals in 1986. Sound familiar?
From here in the 'burbs, I hope that Mr. Monroe will write more about our unsecured borders and the resulting massive wave of illegal immigration and its consequences.
-- D.A. King, Marietta
Feast of the locusts
Perhaps one of the greatest intros to a film is Deliverance's banter between Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight's about "disappearing wilderness." I believe it was dialogue that both [actors improvised].
When are there enough roads ("Road rage," Nov. 3)? How much more beautiful land needs to be destroyed? How much more heritage needs to be torn asunder?
This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to move away to another country because I find my heart breaking every time I go to the places that are rapidly changing because of "progress." The first place I got laid, in Gwinnett at a family graveyard in the woods, is now a warehouse. The trails I once walked are gone now.
I sometimes think I need to go somewhere that I don't give a damn about.
It just seems so hopeless to try and stop the maddening road building. At some point, we need to think about redeveloping areas that have become new slums -- the swaths of strip malls that lay unoccupied. We need to think about the long-term implications of our disposable society -- what with matchbox homes and big box stores -- both of which are abandoned years later.
It's a feast of the locusts.
Building another road in Georgia today is like an obese person loosening his belt so he can pack in more food: It doesn't solve the problem of obesity, it just makes more room to get fatter.
-- Jonny Avery, Atlanta
No thanks to you
By the time this letter is printed, mayoral juggernaut Shirley Franklin will have already glided gleefully to re-election, thanks in no small part to Creative Loafing (News & Views, "Vote this way," Oct. 27). For Creative Loafing, an otherwise scorchingly insightful progressive publication, blindly endorsed Franklin while neglecting its progressive duty to call for alternatives to corporate candidates. Where were the more independent-minded Gloria Tinubus of this election?
What really amazed me was the Loaf's nonchalant claim along the lines of, "It's too bad she doesn't do more for poor people. But she's still an effective leader overall." Well, in case you didn't notice, a huge chunk of Atlanta's population is poor -- so who, exactly, is she an effective leader for? I'll give you a hint: BIG BUSINESS. This was nowhere more blatantly evidenced than when Franklin tried to prevent charity groups from exercising their right to serve meals to the homeless; when she allowed the begging ban; and when she opened the Gateway Center, which doesn't even come close to meeting the needs of Atlanta's innumerable homeless.
Even otherwise respectable publications like Creative Loafing have been stung by the bee of complacent resignation. Franklin does not make me proud, and for once in a very long time, nor does Creative Loafing.
-- Alison Ross, Atlanta
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