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In general comments not referring at all to this crime, I did indicate that the types of crime faced in urban environments are often better-known threats than those on-campus crimes committed by fellow students. This makes no crime less serious than another, but merely makes the point that sometimes unknown dangers can pose an additional threat.
Mr. Goocher has our best wishes for a speedy recovery, and I want to personally make it clear to him and his family that we take this incident very seriously.
-- S. Daniel Carter, Senior Vice President,Security On Campus Inc., Knoxville
John Sugg: I read your article in the Loaf pertaining to the presidential election (Fishwrapper, "Truth in exile," April 9). I had to wonder that in the middle of a war that's been successful from the standpoint of the U.S. and the Iraqi people that you are still whining about the election. I thought liberals were "progressive," "forward" thinkers. Ring, ring ... that's the sound of the alarm clock. It's the year 2003 and George Bush is the president. Oh yeah, and Mr. Van Winkle, we won the war and the Iraqi people did greet our heroic military with flowers and joy! Sorry to disrupt your pessimism, but it looks like conservatism wins, liberalism loses.
-- Scott Hanna, Acworth
Knowing what it's like
It is tragic to hear about Gretchen ("Girl disconnected," April 2) but I am really happy that you guys published the story. Personally, I have experience with the illness because I have a family member with the disease and another member suffering the result of it.
For a large part of my life, I have had to live through it, and I do understand what everyone has been through with her. Unfortunately for anyone involved, there is no easy answer and support is hard to find. I am really glad that there was such a large article about this so others can understand and maybe be more understanding of the illness.
-- April Withers, Atlanta
I read Gretchen Hupfel's obituary in the AJC last December and I was intrigued to know more about her. Thanks to your article, my wish came true ("Girl disconnected," April 2). What an incredibly sad story about a truly brilliant artist plagued by a terrible disease. I was extremely touched by her giving to her favorite charity on the day she died.
The information you revealed on schizophrenia has helped me better understand it although it appears to perplex even the experts. I'm so glad you were able to make this a front-page story for someone who deserved recognition.
-- John Porter, Cumming
Thanks for everything
As a student at Georgia Tech, the only news I ever got was from quick and easy sources like CNN and Fox News. So as the week goes by, I become increasingly pro-war, pro-Bush. I'd almost say I'm a full-fledged right-winger by the time Saturday rolls around. But then, on Sundays, I read Creative Loafing while I'm at work. I read it cover to cover, including the great ads for things like vaginal rejuvenation. More importantly, I read things like Fishwrapper, which takes all the opinions I'd created during the week and discredits them, one by one. Especially since I'm a foreigner, it makes me want to kick Dubya in the nuts. Thank you for keeping my political views in check.
Also during the week, feelings of being a complete failure overpower me because I fail a thermodynamics test (or something along those lines). Then, Sunday rolls around and I read about Gretchen Hupfel ("Girl disconnected," April 2). There is a person with incredible work ethic, a work ethic I wish I had. Her tale is an incredible, sad story -- and it reminds me that there are more important things in life than a stupid test.
Once again, on Monday, at my 8 a.m. history class, I begin to curse the existence of non-technical classes, for making me read and do other such "non-important" work. What can I say? I'm an engineer in training. Then along comes Sunday, and I read Hollis Gillespie's column, and I always enjoy it so much that I realize that writing is truly a fantastic art. A once-aspiring writer myself, reading her article makes me wonder how I ever stopped caring about transcending thought and feeling.
So, in short, thank you for bringing perspective back into my life.
-- Alexandra Taylor, Atlanta
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