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Sham of a property
So you couldn't get a phone call back from HaberSCAM Properties (News, "Shoot first, evict later," Dec. 5)? That's no big surprise! I have just recently moved out of my HaberSCAM property on Peachtree Road. After living there for 18 months, I determined that I could no longer handle the complete disaster that my life as a tenant had become.

HaberSCAM Properties is a black hole, a veritable brick wall of terrible customer service. They never return phone calls (so don't feel bad as a reporter; try being a tenant).

I wouldn't refer this management company to my worst enemy. I finally moved out, and I am in an eviction battle with them -- you could probably find enough people in this city angry with them to start a class-action suit.

-- Melanie Zairis, Atlanta

Greater good is dead
(In response to Fishwrapper, "Pssst ... Wanna know a secret?," Nov. 28): Rich people suck. Rich people rule. When people say "they," it is the powerful and rich people of whom they are speaking. I cannot agree with what you have written enough.

Unfortunately, it is landing on mostly deaf ears. You write of change. Well, its going to take these people losing their Explorers and Volvos you mention, as well as their homes, jobs, savings and investments before they'll realize what you have written is true. I commend you. I also scoff at you.

Will there ever be another revolt here in America? Hell no! There is no button on the remote control for that. There is no one to call on the phone and demand it.

Are the people represented by our government? No. The government represents the corporations. The profit-growing, employee-downsizing corporations.

Here is some advice I can give you now and feel good about doing so. The greater good is dead today. "I Me Mine" is the majority opinion. Until there is nothing left of the dwindling profit pie for middle Americans, you will see the laziest, most non-aggressive aggressiveness you will ever witness in your life.

The irony, how subtle it isn't. Buy a home in the mountains. Stock up on food, water and ammo. Wait for the proverbial shit to hit the fan.

-- Kelly Scott Gilford, Oldsmar, Fla.

Winos unite
Just read this week's column, now I have to go open a bottle (Corkscrew, "Wine bag," Dec. 5). I suppose it is cold enough at night now. I do Sauterne in spring/summer and port in fall/winter.

For domestic port, you neglected what I consider to be the top three; Quady and Rutherford Hill, which make port with Zinfandel and Berringer (yes, that Berringer) which makes a limited release Port from Cab Sauv. All three compare favorably with vintage ports. I have tried probably a dozen other failed attempts at domestic and Australian port. I also have probably 20 or so bottles of LBV and vintage (back to 66) in my cellar -- so my recommendations are more than just from a little casual observation.

-- Tom Hein, Charlotte, N.C.

Driving Italian style
When I read your article "Veni, Vedi, vehicle" (Travel, Nov. 28), I was overcome with laughter. I can relate because this past summer a friend and I spent 12 days in an Audi in Italy. It was an incredible experience to say the least. I would not recommend to anyone to drive in Italy unless they just want to live life on the edge. When my friend drove, I felt like a 007 stunt double. I had to pray very hard every single time to come out of it alive.

People in Atlanta do not know what fast driving is, not really.

The next time, I will return with empty suitcases and I promise to leave the driving to them.

-- Ruth Green, Atlanta

Shootout musicians deserve more credit
Wow, Blake Guthrie, looks like none of us will be using that one in our press kits (Vibes, "Talkin' homefront blues," Nov. 28). I would like to thank you very much for writing about the Eddie's Attic Shootout. However, I have several discrepancies.

First, all of the performers worked very diligently to attain a spot in the competition. I did not feel like most of the acts presented generic three-chord love songs. In fact, a lot of what I heard was thoughtful and provoking. You seemed to be frightened by the prospect of listening to hours of socio-political music, then disappointed that most of the artists had no hint of current affairs in their songwriting. It is my opinion that good songwriting deals not so much with the subject of a song, but how the writer elaborates upon that subject.

Secondly, you did not mention the names of everyone who performed. Here is a list: Kelly Zullo, Amy Steinberg, Exit Left, Liquid Pie, Adam Rhinehart, Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand, Ben Dunlap, Brad Large, Doug Nissley, Meghan Cary, Claire & Bain's Maple Yum-Yum, Kodac Harrison, Matthew Smith, Mike Willis, Beverly McClellan, Spencer Rush, Steven Jackson & Rob Seals, Antje Duvekot, Sam Shaber, Kyle Shiver, Sean Smith and Eliot Bronson.

Blake Guthrie, your description of Eliot Bronson was rude. If his performance was so common, why did he make it to the final round of competition?

Also, what is meant by "their intriguing stare-at-your-navel songs." Is that sarcasm? I couldn't tell.

-- Claire Campbell of Claire & Bain's Maple Yum-Yum, Athens

Result is the same
(In response to Fish Wrapper, "A dead issue," Nov. 21): I have long felt that the death penalty is a punishment that no civilized society should impose on its citizens, or any other society's citizens, for that matter. I argue this point from several angles, not least of which being a theological one. It is clear that of the four reasons for punishment -- prevention, justice, retribution, deterrence -- only that of retribution, here a pure act of vengeance, is served by the death penalty. Life imprisonment is a far superior option, in my humble opinion, and it addresses all four reasons named above.

I will add that the debate over the humaneness of execution methods is simply ridiculous. Regardless of method employed, the life of the convicted is extinguished. I would argue that if deterrence were a real issue, then we should execute criminals in the most gruesome manner possible and do so on television, for all to see. Thank you for this article. I fear it will do little good in the fight to stop state killing, but it is nice to read such rational words.

-- Eric Hallerberg, Atlanta

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