So as your article touches on, it's all a trade-off. But it's nice to see the other side sometimes.
-- John Cochrane, Alpharetta
(In response to "Buh-bye boho," July 24): All I can say is RIGHT ON! It is work like this that keeps me reading the good ol' Loaf. I always need it as my guide for what to listen to and where to eat out and to go for cocktails ... but this "real" story of "real" people is a big smile maker. I feel for these guys and know (of) Patton. (I was living on Elizabeth Street 1988-1991. Utilized his wonderful library of VHS Gold many cold, damp, fall Atlanta days.)
-- Ralph E. McGill III, Atlanta
Independent slice of life
Felicia Feaster: You are a great writer. Did a great job weaving seemingly disparate segments of the former-bohemian story together ("Buh-bye boho," July 24). But, as one who is proud to say he "took his retirement up front," I am a bit concerned that you left readers with a bit of a negative spin. I would think that the Loaf, considering it's leanings toward ... shall we say the independent side of life, would be more encouraging to others considering striking out in obtuse directions. People that do so are what makes Little Five more than just a tourist attraction ... that a couple inhabitants were lost from that throng makes it, in my counter-cultural mind, even more vital to stress to the other potential misfits that it is indeed possible to make, not just a living, but a life, by being creative -- like the Loaf -- and considering professional responsibilities secondarily.
-- Dave Rhinehart, Decatur
Give it back
Rochelle Renford's "Finishing First" article was an excellent piece (July 24). The article was critical instead of negative, and addressed what I believe is the most important issue in our society. Education is equal to our society's health, and is mostly a product of parental involvement. School is important since it provides children with structure, social interaction and information. However, school can only build upon the base provided at home through dinnertime conversations, family outings and parentally encouraged reading, for example.
Like Renford, I am wary of educational reforms that are enacted only by giving schools more resources (rather than paying teachers more) or by requiring more tests.
Let's continue to look into what's making parents too busy to spend adequate time with their children, work to give them that time back, and then equip them to make the best use of it.
-- Miles Stoudenmire, Atlanta
Learning through hearing
Felicia Feaster: Have you actually used any headphones in a museum (For Art's Sake, "In search of museum peace," July 24)?
If you did use them, you would learn that the messages on the headphones do not tell people what to think or give an opinion on what the art is. It gives the viewer historic and background information. It gives a tour given by the curator of the exhibition.
Ninety-nine percent of the people who come to look at an exhibition have no art background and this equipment gives the visitor an education on what they are looking at. It gives the visitor a chance to get questions answered.
As to the zombie look of people that use headsets: It is not a zombie look. It is people listening and learning. Having been the audio manager for many shows, I am offended by your take on the use of multimedia devices.
If someone wants to have quality time with art then they need to plan their visit to a museum. DO NOT go to an art museum on a Saturday or Sunday of the last two weeks of a show. Come to an art museum during the week.
One is not required to take audio or read anything. Audio and text do not force one to decide what they think. It is just as easy to walk through an exhibit once with no audio or reading, then walk through a second time with the audio and reading and see how your thoughts compare or are different with others.
Maybe if you, Felicia, did this you would learn a lot more.
-- Joe St. Jean, Smyrna
Think my own thoughts
Thank you for your article "In Search of Museum Peace" (For Art's Sake, July 24). I am one of the few people who always declines to use the walkman devices when viewing a touring exhibit. I also prefer just to look at the art and let my own thoughts decide what pieces are worth more or less time.
One other observation I might add to your column is this. I am one of those people who only visits the High when they have touring exhibits (and not all of those) because I do not feel that their permanent collection is worth the drive downtown to view. I have visited the art museums in a number of other American cities, and the High's collection always suffers by comparison. The Carlos Museum, on the other hand, is worth a few visits a year due to the excellence of their collection and the organization of the materials.
-- Dan Liss, Dacula
Bob Barr demonstrates the subtlety of a sledgehammer in his rant against the United Nations ("My week at the United Nations," July 17). A direct approach is often an admirable trait, but unfortunately the former congressman also appears as well-informed as the aforementioned tool.
Mr. Barr is apparently unaware that the U.N. headquarters is an international territory and New York City municipal codes and U.S. tax levies do not apply within the compound. The U.N.'s only obligation to the United States is that it will not assist people to avoid arrest in its headquarters. Lest Mr. Barr protest this arrangement, he should note that the decision to invite the U.N. to this site was unanimously approved by the U.S. Congress in 1945.
Contrary to Mr. Barr's myopic fear of global gun regulation, the conference he attended has a broader aim. Slowing the flow of small arms may starve many of the world's conflicts of the means to spread death and destruction. While assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades may be used to hunt rabbits in Mr. Barr's neighborhood, they are not so innocent in other locales.
So while I'm sure CL's editors appreciate Mr. Barr's timely completion of his "What I Did this Summer" assignment, I hope they will show it the appreciation it deserves and apply a large red "F" at the top of the page.
-- Chris Hall, Atlanta
What about Hal?
(In response to "Careful: The FB-eye may be watching," July 17): If this was how Marc Schultz was regarded for having read that article, I wonder if Hal Crowther was also approached by the FBI once he was identified as the writer of the original article ... or if real justice was done, and the person who called the FBI and "reported" Schultz was reprimanded for wasting the FBI's time and taxpayer resources, and told that doing it again would "get them in trouble."
-- Andrew Wehrman, San Diego
(In response to "Careful: The FB-eye may be watching," July 17): I used to know a chap who preferred traveling in Communist countries because they were much more direct about your lack of freedom than we are in the West. That's what is the most infuriating about this article: It isn't just that we have lost our freedom to read what we want, but they don't say what we can't read. So we are left to scratch our heads and wonder if we should wait for the knock at the door when the FBI is not happy with our reading habits.
--Christine Ross, Virginia Beach, Va.
I was excited to see an article on my favorite space in the ATL -- that is, until I read it (Arts, "Too hot for Eyedrum?" July 10).
Skip Williamson is benefiting far more from the mural project than Eyedrum. I trust that any number of artists would have offered to paint the outside of this internationally known gallery, had there been a call out.
As the leading alternative weekly in the Southeast, you should support Eyedrum rather than trying to build up some controversy over a forgettable mural.
And next time get your facts and your names straight. (Felicia: You were actually quoting Stan Woodard, not Stan Woodward.)
-- Mary Alice Ramsey, Atlanta
Next in line, please
Cliff Bostock: You reminded me of something my wife and I witnessed recently ("The noisy epidemic," July 10). We were stopped at a QuikTrip to get some gas. In the car next to us, two people were sitting and both were talking on their cell phones. I looked at my wife and said: "You have to ask yourself why they bothered to go somewhere together." In the future, it will be possible to move live persons into your call-waiting queue.
-- Jim Philips, Atlanta
Liar, liar, pants on fire
(In response to "Bush lied and why nobody cares," June 17): Of course he lied, what was he supposed to do, tell the truth? Do you have any idea how the truth would have sounded? "My fellow Americans, on this day, the United States of America will attack Iraq because, quite frankly, we've been eye-ballin' their oil wells for quite some time and have come to the conclusion that they would be more lucrative under American management." It would sound unethical to tell the truth, not to mention un-American. "Liberating the Iraqi people" sounds so much more heroic. Who can argue with that? Perhaps the few of us who knew the truth from the beginning, but were labeled "anti-American" because we dare to be realistic.
-- Claude Delorme, Atlanta
Yay, pot-related arrests. Good use of my tax money. Lotta lives saved.
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