We're talking 

I am writing regarding the article on the beer and wine license of Danneman's grocery store in the Kirkwood community (News & Views, "Out with the old?" Oct. 21). There has been a very open dialogue between the store owner and the community. While it is true that initially the community opposed the renewal at the first License Review Board hearing, there have been two subsequent public meetings in which the Kirkwood community openly supported the store.

The community stressed that Danneman's was an important part of the community and that seniors depended on it. This was not a one-sided issue. Sixteen neighbors, both new and old, were present, along with the owner and their attorney, in the discussions at the monthly public zoning meeting. One result from these discussions is a weekly senior citizen discount.

What has been emphasized is that there are underage sales and this may be a result of loitering. Though the loitering is less than it was five years ago, it still exists.

At the Oct. 5 License Review Board meeting, it was again publicly stated that the neighborhood and the store owner were working together to ensure that the underage drinking stop. The license was deferred to ensure that there was enough time to carry out the agreed-upon actions. We believe that the community will support Danneman's application at the Nov. 2 meeting. This again was restated at the KNO monthly meeting Oct. 10 where Dae Su, the store manager, was present.

-- Douglas L. Wood, president, Kirkwood Neighbors Organization

and Dae Su,

Danneman's grocery store manager



Wasting my time
Normally when I want to read trash, I waste 50 cents and buy the AJC. But you all seemed to have done it this week for free!

As a black woman who has lived in Kirkwood a few years, I felt Ms. Jarvie is trying to paint the picture of whites moving in and the poor and elderly blacks being driven out (News & Views, "Out with the old?" Oct. 21).

I wonder if Ms. Jarvie asked the elderly woman in the article, Ms. Annie Williams, that even though Danneman's is the only local grocer for her to walk to, does she feel safe going to Danneman's?

What's wrong with people tired of a business owner who sells liquor to minors?

And as for Mr. Su, I feel he has the ability to thrive in this community -- if he put forth an effort and worked with it. I, personally, as an African-American, do not prefer neck bones and ham hocks, nor am I on WIC. I prefer fresh fruit and vegetables, multigrain bread and soymilk. There's nothing wrong with him selling both. He has the ability to accommodate whatever customer he chooses to serve! I'm sure there's more than one supplier in town.

-- April M. Lloyd, Atlanta



Unafraid
I just read John Sugg's article about Bush being the best candidate for mindless media (Fishwrapper, "The only media choice for president," Oct. 21). I really loved it! It is very true! Americans these days seem to enjoy drama and controversy. If things got good all of a sudden, we would have nothing to argue about.

I honestly believe that it is sad that at the young age of 22, I look around thinking of my fellow Americans as ignorant, unintelligent waifs. This whole election makes me want to throw up. The fact that people still believe everything Bush says and [plan on] voting for him has me more than astounded.

Thanks for being truthful about our media. I respect your humor considering you are part of the media yourself. It's nice to see people who aren't afraid of Bush working in our media. I don't know what's so scary, anyway! His Vice Troll is much more intimidating!

-- Allison Bowyer, Tampa, Fla.



My platform
Since your non-endorsement of [neither myself nor] my incumbent challenger in House District 81, this race has turned into the nastiest mudslinging spectacle that I've ever seen ("How do you like them apples?" Oct. 21). It's gotten so bad that my opponent is telling lies about me in her four most recent mailers to the district just to stay alive.

The choice is now very clear. On one side, you have an out-of-touch Republican who can't defend her votes on a woman's choice and education because she blindly follows her party's leadership. She's in trouble now and that's why she's falling back on old habits to make petty attacks that aren't true.

The alternative is a progressive, independent-thinking Democrat who is willing to listen and work with his neighbors to find solutions that work in the 81st. I'll find new ways to solve our problems, like making DeKalb-Peachtree Airport play by the rules to eliminate noise pollution and exploring alternative means of transportation to lessen our traffic problems.

-- Eric Ponder,

Democrat for House District 81

Sticks and stones may break my bones ...
What is it with liberals like Doug Monroe? In your Oct. 14 edition, Doug Monroe crossed a new frontier -- linking CNN to Rush Limbaugh (Humbug Square, "Say it ain't so, Daryn"). Unable to put together a coherent response to any position espoused by conservatives, Monroe and other liberals resort to childish name-calling. "Asshole" -- how nice. Didn't his mother teach him better than to call people names?

But Monroe takes it a step further. Not satisfied with defaming Rush Limbaugh, he goes on to denigrate Daryn Kagan because she dares to date one of the great conservative voices of our time. Contrary to Monroe's characterizations and in contrast to Monroe, Kagan is a talented and unbiased journalist.

Had he any real courage, he would first listen to Limbaugh before calling him names. Limbaugh daily provides entertaining commentary on the American political scene based upon his beliefs of a strict interpretation of the Constitution, rugged individualism and Christian teachings. Far from "poisoning" the public discourse, Limbaugh has given a countering voice to tens of millions of like-minded conservative citizens. Always moved to the front of the line, liberals like Monroe are welcomed to argue their positions and beliefs on Limbaugh's program. When he was a little kid, I am sure his mother taught him better. It is time for the little boy Monroe to grow up and apologize. Is he man enough?

-- Joe Ferguson, Atlanta



Further explanation
In response to Ellen Coleman, who found the caption declaring Java Monkey as a fine place for "poetic primates" offensive: What is your major malfunction, ma'am? (Going Postal, "Should know better," Oct. 14). Do you have so few legitimate concerns that you must become offended by harmless things in order to create meaning in your life? I'll go over it for you.

1) The coffee shop is called Java Monkey, and they have a poetry night. It is a pun. Puns are when we use one word in place of another because it almost fits for some contextual reason, but is out of place enough to incite mild amusement. Get it? Java MONKEY + POETRY night = POETIC MONKEY, and since alliteration makes for good reading, POETIC MONKEY = POETIC PRIMATE.

2) The fact that a black person is in the photo matters about as much as if it were a white woman, as humans are a species that has descended from primates (barring a junk science worldview involving a certain stone age religion), such that any human reading poetry can be perceived as a "poetic primate."

3) If you're going to complain about "racist" doings, mail a letter to the producers of "The Steve Harvey Show" and "Method and Red," as each of these shows are as offensive as "Amos and Andy," but not as funny.

-- Paul Pietschner, Atlanta

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