I'm talking about people who willfully wait at the corner for the crossing light to go red, then head into the crosswalk, all the while smiling at the autos that must now either risk a ticket or wait for them, often missing the green light in the process.
If the Atlanta police are going to start issuing tickets to pedestrian-insensitive drivers, then they ought also to stake themselves out downtown and do the same thing for foot traffic -- write citations for pedestrians who are violating state and local traffic crossing laws. They can rest assured Atlanta drivers would support their actions 100 percent.
-- T. O'Donnell, Decatur
What have you done for me lately?
John Sugg: In regards to "Buy, you unpatriotic scum" (Fishwrapper, Dec. 25), placing a KKK hood on Bush is downright laughable. Can you name one person in today's GOP that has ever been in the KKK? No! Now on the other hand, Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia not only used to be in the KKK, but also used to get $1 per head for new recruits. Byrd has been caught on tape three times in the past five years saying the dreadful "N" word. Where's the outrage?
Let's take a closer look at the great all-loving Democratic Party. Ninety-five percent of blacks in this country vote Democrat, yet none have held or do hold any position of power in this country. Now look at the GOP, with barely 5 percent of the black vote, there are two blacks in Bush's cabinet. Something the lovable Clinton didn't even do! Where's the outrage?
I'm not a Bush supporter, but this bias is pathetic and the truth needs to come out. The Democrats have used the black people in this country for years. What have they ever done for them? Nothing but make them dependent on the government.
-- Shannon Diddell, Atlanta
Editor's note: Actually, three African-Americans -- Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater and Veteran Affairs Secretary Togo D. West -- served in Clinton's cabinet during his last term. Another black cabinet member, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, died in a plane crash earlier in his administration.
The government's shameful behavior
With a heavy heart I read Scott Henry's piece about my family and me ("Forgotten Man," Dec. 4). There is no doubt that my brother and I -- as well as our family -- walked the long road to hell at the hands of the federal government. However, I want to point out to your readers that ours is not an isolated story. Federal prisons across this land are full of people who were as badly mistreated as we were.
I am an American.
As such, I love my country as much as any man can. Because of my love of country, I am deeply saddened by the fact that my own government -- fellow Americans -- is doing this to their fellow Americans, most of them good men and women who do not deserve that fate. The American government bespeaks of human rights violations of nations around the world; yet, this same entity sends our own mothers and fathers to languish in prisons for 10, 20 and 30 years for a handful of drugs. This is not only illogical, it is shameful and downright sickening.
Thanks to my mother, I possess a very strong sense of right and wrong. What is happening in my country is as wrong as anything can be. There can be no doubt that the human wreckage caused by the government in its misguided war does far greater harm than drugs ever could. Liquor-drinking, cigar-smoking politicians in Washington should be ashamed of themselves. If they were truly good Americans, they would stop the atrocities of the drug war and do what's right -- instead of what is popular.
I miss my big brother, and it hurts like hell that he -- this stalwart soldier, this good man -- never saw another day of freedom and never received a single "welcome home." Instead, he died alone. And not a day goes by that I don't think of him and the good men I left behind in prison. For my brother, and for the all good men and women who still suffer, my heart bleeds red, white and blue.
-- Steve Tucker, Atlanta
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