No right 

I work at an apartment complex where your paper is distributed and it was so disheartening to see your latest issue with abortion on the cover ("Abortion's battle lines," Jan. 15). I'm a Christian and I'm married, expecting our first child this May. I'm just over 23 weeks pregnant, but I know that this child was a human being when he/she was first conceived. No woman or man should be given the "right" to knowingly kill their child. Anyone who performs this procedure is a murderer, plain and simple. Politics and religion aside, abortion is the destruction of a living being. Why is it so hard to get that through people's minds?

-- Nicole C. Young, Atlanta



One way or the other
Your cover for the Jan. 15-21 ("Abortion's battle lines") issue confirms my suspicions: Those who exploit women in one way exploit them in other ways as well.

It is not surprising that those who would be attracted by a photograph of a naked woman's torso on the cover of a publication like Creative Loafing, a publication that also runs ads for pornography and sex aids, would be in agreement with the "pro-choice" stance presented by this publication.

With all the rhetoric about "internalized oppression," it amazes me that most feminists have not figured out that with the "choice" of abortion women are often doing the bidding of the men in their lives. It makes sense that a man who would objectify a woman's body and be attracted by a cover like the one displayed would also objectify the pregnant woman's body and the fetus she carries. In both cases -- the pornographic image and abortion -- the woman's body is violated and she is dehumanized.

The man who truly respects and values women accepts her soul and body, whether her body ages and does not fit the Playboy ideal, or whether it is pregnant.

It goes without saying that he also makes a commitment to her and accepts and loves their child. I would venture to add that the pornographers also do not value children, except in an equally exploitative way.

Why don't feminists note the inherent contradiction graphically displayed by your cover? Or maybe it's agreement: between the cover and what's inside.

-- Mary Grabar, Athens



Scary thoughts
John Sugg: I enjoyed very much your article about the Georgia COO, Jim Lientz (Fishwrapper, "A new, ethical state government? My ass," Jan. 15). You had some good insights that I hadn't paid enough attention to. And, you had me chortling with laughter at the same time.

It is scary to think of Lientz running Perdue the way Cheney runs Bush Jr. Surely no one thinks that G. Bush Jr. is calling the shots. Daddy is, and Cheney is.

-- Walt Miller, Atlanta



Wouldn't you like to be a Georgian too?
Apparently CL staffer Roni Sarig takes great personal offense to the fact that Georgians still claim singer Alan Jackson as their own even though he has made his home in Nashville for years. What's up with that? Roni, are you just being anal-retentive or do you have unresolved childhood issues about feeling unwanted?

I was born and raised in Atlanta, but as an adult I moved away for more than 20 years, including 15 years in Europe and Asia. Not for one moment did I ever think of myself as anything other than a Georgian, from Georgia and of Georgia.

Roni, if you lean to deal with this hostility of yours, maybe one day you can be a Georgian, too.

-- Noel Barrett, Jefferson



A madness to their method
I found your cover story on Fathom Studios and their computer animated film Delgo to be very interesting, not because a small Atlanta studio is trying to make an animated film, but because it was so optimistic ("The dawn of Delgo," Jan. 8).

In the opinion of this reader, Fathom's method is more foolish than it has to be. Writer Curt Holman makes references to the success of George Lucas, Spielberg and more specifically, PIXAR studios, and the chances of Fathom reaching the success of these filmmakers is very small. Don't get me wrong, I hope that Fathom's film does well -- it'd be great to have a success story like that (especially coming out of Atlanta). But, the one thing the successful computer animation studios have in common is a carefully planned progression through commercials, animated shorts and then feature films.

To take on a project of this size without building up to it is a huge risk, greater than that of average live-action indie.

And while they may have a lot of great ideas, chances are, that these guys don't even a modicum of the storytelling ability of their Hollywood competitors. The competition for screen time (especially with animation) is fierce and to come out of the gates with your own full-length feature doesn't usually gain a lot of favorable attention, especially when the other guys have not only the best people in the business, but millions and millions to blow on research and development alone.

Sadly, if history is any indication, Delgo will end up as one of those animated movies that no one has heard of and Fathom will be one of those studios that no one will remember.

-- C. Edwards, Atlanta



Reality check
Hollis Gillespie: Your article "A Night Like This" (Moodswing, Jan. 15) was the most heartfelt and gripping article I've read in quite some time. I found myself with my mouth open, spellbound, after reading about your niece. I feel uncomfortable writing in reply to an article of such a serious and personal nature, but I am grateful you shared your feelings on paper. Thanks for the reality check. Hopefully the next article that includes both your niece and crappy margaritas will be a happier tale, maybe about her high school graduation or the first time you visit her dorm room in college.

-- James Kirkpatrick, Dacula



U.S. media cloud
John Sugg: You have painted the most accurate depiction of what is happening in America as we speak (Fishwrapper, "Buy, you unpatriotic scum," Dec. 25). Here's my 2 cents. The government wants to keep us all stupid and fat and entertained with action movies and the Playstation 2. Have more kids (here's your $1,000 child tax break) and pay more taxes, but please don't bother reading or getting an opinion from non-United States media. I wonder what all these fat kids with no concept of education or responsibility will do when they grow up? No matter, they can sue McD's or Nabisco or something, or maybe they can work at Enron or in Congress, or by then maybe they'll have "American Idol: the Obese Round."

In fact, soon you won't be able to leave the U.S. anyway, because it'll be too dangerous. An educated or well-traveled populace (we don't have one now) would never stand for the incredible butchery of rights and honest government that is taking place, or the atrocity of "might makes right" that our foreign policy has become.

I spent 16 days in Europe this spring, and 10 days last spring; I actually have first-hand comparative experience of how the media here in the U.S. affects your thinking. The best license plate is still this one: "I love my country but I fear my government."

-- Dan Lowe, Marietta



Bring on the vote
I would like to take this time to address the issue of the state flag. I'm not willing to resort to marginalizing and name-calling in describing those who insist on retaining the old Rebel flag in the name of "state heritage."

However, it's quite obvious to me that these people are either ignorant to the history of the flag, the seriousness of what it connotes or could care less. As I understand it, the flag was the calling card of the Confederate states, those who advocated such atrocities as slavery, racial segregation and racial gerrymandering, to name a few. These are hard facts, not mere opinion.

The flag may have a different meaning to you, but please remain aware of the reason that the flag was created. They say that the flag issue isn't important enough to consider holding an actual "flag vote." I think it is. As I see it, many people mainly want the new flag to stay as a symbol of how progressive Georgia has become. Well, what if it's a symbol of how progressive we'd like to think we are? I say let's vote. If the majority of us are "progressive" people, then why have anything to fear? Tell ol' Sonny that we want a vote, and we'll see how progressive Georgia really is.

-- Daniel Stinson, Atlanta

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