Really, I can't understand why people would be upset over this policy. Since the primary reason for having an alternative publication is to sell advertising, I suggest you eliminate all of that pesky content.
Using your theory, you could put all of the features and articles online, and free up your print space for those valuable ads. Surely we chuckleheaded, ignorant sheep will keep picking up CL out of habit, and eagerly read your advertising without any content whatsoever. It's not like we have much choice, now do we? I'm glad that you are finally following the lead of those fine people over at the AJC and getting things in the proper perspective.
-- Larry Tracy, Atlanta
Thanks for explaining why CL is morphing into the Dunwoody Crier (Going Postal, "To our readers," Aug. 7).
I know I can read Jane Says online, but since she is the most talented young writer east of the Mississippi, don't you owe it to her and yourself to showcase her column in all areas of the city?
-- Raleigh Pitts, Dunwoody
Have his say
I enjoyed the piece on Big Gipp (Vibes, "Steppin' Out," Aug. 7). Way to let to artist have his say. A solid line of questioning that paid off nicely. Bravo!
-- Michael Valverde, Atlanta
Choke on this
Chris Watford, I'd like to see you produce some evidence that "the vast majority of Americans" are anti-abortion, devout Christians, advocates of school prayer and in support of displaying the Ten Commandments in public (Going Postal, "You're the weird one," Aug. 7). If this were true, abortion would be illegal again, every school would require prayer and the Ten Commandments would be prominently displayed in many public places. The truth is that "the vast majority of Americans" are smart enough to realize that supporting these things would limit many freedoms for many Americans who don't believe in these things at all. I am a 40-year-old woman who was raised in a Christian home. The obvious difference between us is that I was taught the importance of freedom of religion. The only way to truly protect your freedom of religion is to maintain a separation of church and state. I don't want the state pushing any religion down my throat, even if it is the one I was raised with and believe in. You shouldn't either.
-- Deserie McCauley, Atlanta
(In response to The Weekly Scalawag, "To Zell Miller, for showing his true colors," July 31): I just love you "unhinged" left-wing "extremist" creeps over there at CL. So you're hysterical (I'm sure your diverse, multicultural mascara is running) about Bill Pryor (and Miller's support of him) being "an unabashed promoter of radical (horror of horrors) Christianity, who advocates (oh, my God) organized school prayer and (worst of all) the public display of (oh, no) the Ten Commandments." I can think of a lot of problems facing this country. But frankly, no school prayer and no display of the Ten Commandments aren't among them. In fact, a little more of both might even be a good (oh no, can't be judgmental) thing.
-- Charles Jackson, Atlanta
Only time will tell
While Mayor Shirley Franklin's leadership leaves much to be desired, you totally mischaracterized what I believe was the intent of the new Health Code enforcement with respect to public food distribution (News & Views, "Writing's on the wall," July 31). In doing so, I think you have failed in one of your most basic responsibilities as a local newspaper: informing the public.
To those of us who live downtown, the public feedings are embarrassments. They entail lines of homeless and charity groups taking over our parks and open spaces, providing food of varying degrees of quality and sanitation, and then leaving obscene amounts of garbage everywhere. What's to prevent the recipients of the food from becoming unwilling participants in another Jonestown, or the spread of something as preventable as salmonella poisoning? Is that really the best we can do?
The new plan requires those wishing to help to donate food to facilities licensed to distribute it in a safe and dignified manner. Only time will tell if this plan will help distribute the food more effectively, but at least it's a change from the mayhem that has previously occurred. I believe you would do a service to all concerned by publicizing the licensed facilities that are available to accept food donations and distribute them appropriately. According to the mayor's press release, those facilities include: Crossroads, Odyssey III, My Sisters House, Shepherd's Inn, Atlanta City Mission, Jefferson Place and the Rock and Safe House Outreach.
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