how do I submit an editorial to letters the editor --
And yet Mike still lives here....
I really enjoyed the letters to the editors this week. What I really enjoyed most is how you only choose letters that contained the phrase, "I really enjoyed".
I thought you might present a fair representation but I know for certain you got a letter that said "I didn't enjoy" the I hate NY article, becasue I wrote one.
I am sorry your paper is moving from its alternative, progressive roots. Eason, sell the paper.
Let someone radical take over. You've gotten too rich and too conservative.
Professionally trained, responsible gun carrying citizens would benefit everyone in society.
Combat Military Service should still be on an All Volunteer basis, but the Summer after high school graduation should be dedicated to Mandatory Military Training for every 18 year old kid in the country.
Kids who find they are compatible with the military and enjoy that lifestyle would stay in after boot camp, everyone else would get out in time for college or the working world with a few thousand dollars pay in their pockets.
This would accomplish several things: 1) This would eliminate the need for the 1000s of military recruiters around the country, instantly "freeing up" at least a division of already trained up soldiers to serve in the two wars currently short-staffed; 2) Units of trained personnel could be put together quickly from the pool of those who don't go into the military, in the event of a Katrina or other domestic crisis; 3) Trained gun owners moving throughout society would certainly help tamp down crime; 4) High school graduation rates would rise, since early drop out means instant boot camp, a sure deterrent to quitting school; 5) The "epidemic" of obesity and uselessness among TV and XBox addicted fast food gluttoning youth would be mitigated somewhat, as the need to get in shape for mandatory boot camp would impress itself on kids as they neared graduation, or, if not, boot camp itself would at the very least build some valuable discipline into people; 7) etc.
Professionally trained, responsible gun carrying citizens would benefit everyone in society. Mandatory Military Training, coupled with Voluntary Military Service would increase the number of trained citizens, increase the value to society of these citizens in other areas of life, and would lessen the strain on our military without instituting a draft or resorting to other drastic measures.
The story about NYC is stupid and superficial, as is the problem. The difference between NYC and Atlanta is intelligence. You can't have the worst or near worst education system in the country for 50 years and not have lots of dumb adults. Let's not pretend they all got sudddenly smart upon graduation or move to NY.
The lifestyle here is dumb. The politics are dumb, the diet is dumb, the amusements are dumb, we have more poverty because we have more dumb, we have more sick because we have more dumb, the racial stuff is pure dumb and your article was dumb.
Maybe if some of the smart people down here weren't so busy ripping off the poor and dumb, this place might advance. And maybe if the newspapers wouldn't focus on the distractions in life and spend some time educating the people about issues that really matter, progress might begin. But we chose to define our culture by having the best sweet tea and Krispy Kreme donuts (both unhealthy, of course, and dumb).
Last I checked grass was about as renewable a resource as it gets. What grows easier, grass or an urban economy?
So David Newman feels that "ALL of our major festivals.." have been sacrificed for the sake of sod and that night life isn't what it was five years ago? I can only guess that he either wasn't here or doesn't remember what Piedmont Park was like 20 years ago. While I'm sure that the various are going to be missed this year, they can come back easily once we get passed this drought. Not so for the lawns and trees that have taken so much time and effort to put back into a condition that would at least be recognizable by it's original designers. As development continues to take much of the greenery that Atlanta has long been known for it is imperative that we take care of our public spaces.
dude lives in Johns Creek
They neither got the memo, nor understood the point of the article.
Running sex workers out of your neighborhood is not "harasing them" THEY DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT to be in that area, nor a right to sell ass.
I think some of us (initially including me) miss the forest for looking at the trees. If you look at TP's movies in teh context of the mainstream then, yes, they seem a little to easy and staid. But look at another angle: black actors and actresses are getting to ply their craft without having to be drug dealers, whores, gangbangers, convicts, idiots, etc. For a change they get to be headliners and main characters while retaining dignity and potraying something besides the eternally broke and ignorant characters Hollywood likes to stick them in. Think I'm wrong? Look back at any movies widely distributed with a majorily black cast and what do you see?
Stanley White, Rex, Ga
Under the fourth Geneva convention, an occupying power can jail civilians who pose an imperative security threat, but it must establish a regular procedure for insuring that only civilians who remain a genuine security threat be kept imprisoned. Prisoners have the right to appeal any internment decision and have their cases reviewed.
heres one that was and is still violated to this day in iraq.
first off please show me anything in this letter that even implies that Amber was glorifying sex work or making any reference what so ever to "pretty woman"...
or wait is to point out that sex workers are human and deserve to be free of open harassment, dehumanization, and violence glorification? Was pointing out the fact that a serial killer targeted sex workers due to the fact that they are seen as less than human glorifying sex work? Really?
"Most prostitution is tragic and the people selling their bodies would probably rather be doing something better with their lives."
Ah so you make nothing but a supposition statement here showing that you are not a sex worker and likely do not even personally know anyone who is out to you as a sex worker, so as a sex worker myself I would ask that you NEVER presume to speak for us ever, thanks.
"She obviously hasnot seen families torn apart due to prostitution. It is very tragic."
I hesitate to even ask what this is about I can only be left to assume that you are either talking about trafficking, (WHICH IS NOT SEX WORK IT IS SLAVERY AND RAPE AND THERE IS A FUCKING DIFFERENCE THANK YOU VERY MUCH), or people who leave their spouses either because one is a sex worker or because one frequented a sex worker, these are personal relationship issues and have nothing to do inherently with the job itself... so on this point again you FAIL...
Please take your sanctimonious shit somewhere else us sex workers do not want to be "protected from ourselves" by being harassed, arrested, dehumanized, video taped, or made fun of by Gower and his ilk.
My response: http://www.beingamberrhea.com/2008/02/02/more-ass-haberdashery/
FUrthermore, Legalize prostitution. Make the workers government employees. Charge the clients taxes on it. Have the workers tested every two weeks. Collect the revenue and use it for useful projects.
Some of the most homophobic people are homosexuals. We have seen this so many times. In addition, Being a white male homosexual is a whole lot easier than being a lesbian, trans or gay person of color. Gower will be exposed for the true person he is. A pathetic excuse for a man.
Sex Worker Article Comment - It seems that Rhea has a uninformed image of prostitution. A life of a prostitute is nothing like what is portrayed in the movie Pretty Woman. Most prostitution is tragic and the people selling their bodies would probably rather be doing something better with their lives. Tragically, Rhea romanticizes the world of prostition. Internet images and radical ideologies due more harm than good for our public health. She needs to step away from the internet to see the world. She obviously hasnot seen families torn apart due to prostitution. It is very tragic.
"Why is it that people who work hard to make themselves successful need to be punished for their achievement by being taxed to death in order to provide for people who do nothing but make poor decision after poor decision in their life?"
Jesus said so, that's why. In the Bible, he says to take care of the poor and needy.
"Those who are the most outraged are often those who are the least affected."
I'm openly gay myself and, personally, I wouldn't want prostitutes wandering around in my neighborhood or in front of my house. I symapthize with the troubles they've faced - I really am - but that doesn't mean that I'm going to allow them free reign to strut about on my street.
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