MORE BLOTTER IS BETTER
Thank you guys for the "Best of the Blotter" (cover story, Feb. 15), because every week I look forward to reading the Blotter and it was like good music to my ears when I saw the cover of the last issue. I work in a nightclub and while doing coat check, I had the best time reading it. Even though the editor makes rude remarks about gay people, I'll read the other writer's stuff.
– America Andrea Sayles, Atlanta
You're right and wrong
I agree that the war on drugs is a farce and waste of money (Metropolis, "Kathryn Johnston's real killer," Feb. 15). The "kingpins" are VIPs, otherwise they would be caught. Additionally, cops are on the take, and some steal cash from busts. Also, some laws allow city and county police departments to retain the booty.
I disagree with you in that the cops shouldn't be charged with first-degree murder. They obtained a warrant under false pretenses, aka lying. Thus, everything they did that followed was illegal. They did intentionally kill Johnston, they didn't know till later that she was an innocent victim. If people who shoot cops automatically get the death penalty, then why not the cops? I don't know about you, but their lives are no more important than mine, without exception.
– Greg Whitfield, Anderson, S.C.
War on the impoverished
Great article on the war on drugs (Metropolis, "Kathryn Johnston's real killer," Feb. 15). It is impossible to have a war on inanimate objects. It is really a war on our own people, most of them poor.
– Johnny Carlton, Atlanta
WEED IS INNOCENT
Thanks for that article about "Kathryn Johnston's real killer" (Metropolis, Feb. 15). It was written well and worked up the emotions for all the unjust things happening in this country. I do, however, question your use of the "evil weed" words. Why write such an article and then use negative words to talk about one of the most beneficial plants on the planet? It just helps the humans who are still too tiny-minded to understand keep their footing on the slippery slope of ignorance.
Still, thanks for helping to bring the dark junk of tiny men into the light.
– Chris Nibit, Madeira Beach, Fla.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL
In response to your article, (Metropolis, "Kathryn Johnston's real killer," Feb. 15) I whole-heartedly agree that the "war on drugs" is a never-ending battle. I don't agree that the "war on terrorism" is never-ending. We have to fight terror the right way. Not with bombs and more terror, but with education, medicine and sustenance. Either with the amount we spent on the "war on drugs" ($50 billion), or with 12 percent of last year's defense budget ($450 billion), we could contribute our fair share to ending world hunger and poverty by 2025. Terrorists flock to impoverished areas such as Afghanistan and now Iraq. If we could actually help these people take care of their basic needs then what reason would they have to fight us? Let's look at basic human nature: If an outside government killed your loved one, would you not want revenge for their death? Now let's say your loved one was pulled from the brink of death by starvation. Would you not feel grateful for the government that helped provide that food? Peace and generosity are the solutions to the "war on terror."
– Jackie Steinle, Dunwoody
I LOVE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!
I'm sorry, but a shirtless guy with HAIR STUBBLE on his stomach IS NOT SEXY (cover story, "Lust List '07," Feb. 8)! Hellooooo!!!! And to make matters worse, the photo was shot at a SALON! You couldn't wax the stubs off before shooting? What next? Bald Britney in a bikini? Please people, take your jobs seriously, will you?
– Liz Brown, Atlanta
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