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Letters to the Editor (2) - November 08 2006

Goodness!

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I understand that your paper is trying to find purpose and minimize bipartisan politics, but giving the nod to a Republican for secretary of state (cover story, "Clash of the titans," Oct. 26) is like giving the fox keys to the hen house. Haven't we learned from Florida and Ohio that Republicans abuse that position? To try to identify "good" Republicans is futile. If they haven't acknowledged that their own party has moved very far right and our country has become a corporatology, one step from fascism, they are complicit in the conspiracy to ruin our democracy. Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their country. The Democratic candidate for secretary of state has voiced support for publicly financed elections, the only real step that might save our freedom. To ignore this is unforgivable of a "liberal" paper.

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I can't help but feel like you have abandoned Atlanta liberals. No surprise, really. The Democratic party abandoned us, too, long ago. You've finally discovered, as Democrats have, that there's more money on the right. However, there is more right on the left.

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-- Dr. Robert Soloway, Decatur

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Two sides to every story

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Your article (cover story, "Inside the secret world of white supremacy," Oct. 19) was very informative, yet exceptionally incendiary. I am a white female living in a transitional neighborhood (former stronghold of the Black Panthers). As if there wasn't enough racial tension in Atlanta, you suggest that many mainstream white Christians harbor deep-seated racism. This gives the thug-life in my neighborhood full right (in their mind) to harass ANY white person because they COULD be racist. I wish you had at least combined the white supremacist article with a Black Panther article showing their hatred for whites, Hispanics and the FBI, too. There is just as much hatred and violence within the Black Panther party, and they too are becoming more public and active. All I ask for is fairness on both sides of the story.

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-- Amber Charles, Atlanta

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The company you keep

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I'm wondering how Mr. Sugg could stand being in the presence of such a cruel and obviously ignorant man as John Howard (cover story, "Inside the secret world of white supremacy," Oct. 19). My mama always taught me to pick on folks my own size — I'm sure Mama Howard taught that to him as well. Frankly, I've learned the hard way that it's best not to pick on folks at all.

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After living in a cancer hospital for months, watching parents of various races going through the same heartache of caring for a terminally ill child, I can tell you that nobody is better than the next, and everybody — no matter the race — experiences the same depth of pain the day they watch their baby die. A pain that never stops and a pain that forever empathizes with other parents whose children are suffering from illnesses or evils of this world, including the cruel words of an ignorant man.

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-- Rhonda Williams, Burbank, Calif.

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The epiphany

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After reading the haters article (Metropolis, "Hating the haters," Oct. 19), I came to an understanding. These people are just like everyone else — they just want to fit in somewhere. Some start book clubs, others hate groups and some join a bowling league. Well, let me rethink that; you need intelligence to read, and bowling consists of a black ball knocking down white pins. OK, never mind, I guess they are doing the best they can.

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P.S.: Nice placement of the "black" barber shop ad in the middle of a racist article.

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-- J. Knorr, Atlanta

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Foolish Liberals

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Air America is failing, not because of a vast right-wing conspiracy, but because no one cares to listen to that drivel. Your column a couple weeks ago (Metropolis, "Don't talk!," Oct. 5) only reinforced my belief that one should never underestimate a liberal's inability to understand basic economics. Also you say that it takes more words for left-wing radio to explain how tax dollars could be better spent by the government. You're right. It's about 400 pages and called The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx.

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-- Mike Mahan, Duluth

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Dept. of Corrections

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In a review of Papa Grows Funk's new CD in the Nov. 2 issue, we incorrectly reported the location of New Orleans' Maple Leaf Bar. It is located in Uptown.