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Heavy thoughts
Finally! Someone speaks the truth about Heavy rock ("Heavy Mettle," Jan. 27). I've been an advocate of hard rock for years. I've been a true fan, through all the fads. I still prefer traditional Heavy Metal, e.g. Pantera, Alice in Chains, Anthrax, but I do like the way some of the new hard rock is evolving. Godsmack and Incubus are great examples of these. It's just fantastic to see that someone else has the same point of view.

I guess the real challenge now is to get the radio stations in Atlanta to feel the same way. It's a shame that there's such a huge market in this city for a real hard rock station, yet there's still no station. Hopefully, some time in the near future, a smart investor with some cash will realize this and put together a station for us tattooed freaks who want to hear some really heavy stuff on the radio. In the meantime, I guess it's back to my CDs and Napster.

-- Steve "Jesus Christ Pose" Markham, Atlanta

Not a whiner
To Hollis Gillespie: My name is Allison and I've just moved to Atlanta from Boston. In the short time that I've been here, I've already started to develop some "routines." One of which is reading CL every Saturday while drinking an entire pot of coffee. I always read your column and Jane Catoe's column first.

I look forward to your stories because, at least to me, they always seem to have some "lesson learned" or "warm fuzzy" feeling at the end. It's always a very satisfying thing to read your column. That's why I was really surprised to read the gentleman's letter ("A Reason to Bitch," Jan. 20) who said you were "whiner." I guess everyone is entitled to their opinions. So, I wanted to send you a little note to let you know that I have an opinion too -- I think your stuff is great! Keep doing what you're doing.

-- Allison Clark, Atlanta

Georgia's yellow streak
Georgia veterans weren't happy campers when Georgia came out with a yellow streak on their prestige car tags a few years ago.

Now we are fighting a new flag design with a yellow streak, which best describes our Georgia legislators who are selling out rather than facing the threatening black groups. These cowards are totally afraid to support the 10th Amendment which our grandfathers cherished by placing the U.S. flag on our State flag. And of course they wish to flagrantly dishonor our Confederate grandfathers, too.

Will our Georgia state senators also betray us voters with the yellow streak flag, which was secretly kept out of the sight of all citizens until after the House rascals had voted for it? Probably so, as most politicians are lying if their mouth moves.

Today it wasn't pleasant holding our signs outside the Capitol as these elated blacks came out celebrating the Georgia representatives' cowardly sellout. Will our people settle for a yellow streak flag? We cannot allow that to represent us as honorable Southerners.

The Mississippi State flag will not be changed because it is being decided by the people in lieu of those scalawags and carpetbagging chambers of commerce. Alabama and Florida state flags still display our Saint Andrew's Cross, Arkansas and Tennessee still have honorable Confederate links in their flags.

And ole Tyrone won't be out of a job, as he has already ranted and raved enough to get reelected in his district of hate.

-- Elijah S. Coleman, Mableton

Playing favorites
I just wanted to let you know that your Jane Says articles are by far my favorite within the pages of CL. I have lived in several cities (three months in the ATL) the last 10 years, thanks to many painful years in school, and have had the opportunity to read many weekly, biweekly, monthly local mags and truly enjoy this one. You have a habit of hitting my thoughts right on the head. This is the first time I have actually written in response to journalism, because the slightly more PC versions that appear in most other papers are not usually worth responding to.

I have to give you some advice though, please stop eating or drinking strange foods around inauguration day because nobody should have to see or listen to Dubya in real life, let alone in her dreams (Jane Says, "In Bed With the Prez," Jan. 27).

Actually are you sure it is Dubya or is it maybe Dolly? I'm thinking that maybe he was cloned from Big George minus the gene to at least partially cover his less than stellar intellect. I am by no means a genius, but I'm smart enough not to run for the one job that will emphasize that fact. By the way, I am a big bourbon fan too (Maker's), can't help it I'm a Kentucky boy. Keep up the good work.

-- James Lamb, Atlanta

It's a gas, gas, gas
In the "Think Tank" debate (Flip Side, "Are Happy Days Here Again?" Jan. 13) Tina Trent springboards from the topic of the impending Bush presidency into a discussion of gas deregulation. A question: Whose gas is it anyway? She talks of it as a "public asset," like oxygen. But someone went out and invested the time and capital to put natural gas in a usable form and bring it to market. Are gas suppliers and marketers charging too high a price for their services? Well, it's certainly more than I would prefer to pay, but then I'd prefer to live like Hugh Hefner. Preference doesn't mean much in the real world, which is ruled by the Law of Supply and Demand (which socialist goofballs are always vainly trying to repeal).

Besides, the concept of a price being "too high" implies that there is a "just" price that can be objectively calculated by omniscient regulators. The last I heard the "just price" was a medieval superstition thrown out by rational economists back when people stopped counting how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. I've had my share of problems with a certain gas marketer; not because my bills were "too high" but because they were, I suspected, fraudulent. Or maybe the suspicious gas bills were caused by clerical error, all too common in Atlanta, the "Atlas Shrugged City," where so much of the labor force consists of incompetent semi-literates who are lucky they can fill out a job application form, let alone calculate a gas bill correctly.

Yes, I was one of those naifs and idiots influenced by Ayn Rand. (Also by Bastiat, von Mises, Rothbard and a host of other pro-freedom scholars and intellectuals whose works she has almost certainly never read.) Guess I never got smart enough to realize my life and property belong to the State. Like your Libertarian columnist Chris Renaldo, I'm so "dumb" I refuse to submit to La Trent and the other "superior" statists who want to rule me. But Mr. Renaldo missed the main reason for people who value their freedom to give two guarded cheers over Bush's election: the coming disempowerment of America's Rosa Klebb, Jackboots Janet Reno.

-- William Chadwick, Atlanta

Zippity zigzag
Thanks and hooray to Zell for showing enough backbone to cross party lines to acknowledge support for the confirmation of John Ashcroft as attorney general of the U.S.A. ("It's My Party and I'll Take Any Position I Want To," Jan. 27)! Why is it that so many liberal Democrats fear that Mr. Ashcroft may, in fact, uphold and enforce the Constitution the way the job should be done unlike the feeble, palsied effort of the pitiful puppet Janet Reno?

Her Clintonista controlled tenure should be an embarrassment to the Billery crowd, but of course, they twist the spin on things to present Reno as successful! As a former liberal Democrat, who voted for Bill twice (gag), I am thrilled to have become a dues paying member of the Libertarian Party, and now rabidly work to free "disgusted demopublicans" from their oppressive government!

God help us all if the Billery crowd gets back into the quest for the White House!

-- Fisher Caudle, Atlanta

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