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Going Postal

What an ass
I can't believe that Henry Owings warrants having an article of that size written about him in CL ("Notes from the underground," Feb. 20). I haven't even finished reading it yet as I already feel sick to my stomach that he would get that kind of press. I think Henry is the biggest ass I have ever come across in my 10 years of working in small clubs, and it is a big load of bullshit that despite Henry's poor business ethic, articles like this one will just add fuel to his fire.

-- Melissa Kennedy, Atlanta

South stays the same
I have just read your thorough and interesting article concerning the events at KSU in recent years ("The College of Law(suits)," Feb. 20). I am a native of Atlanta and have lived in New England for more than four years. As it happens, I have made a decision to return to Atlanta -- at least for a while. In an effort to get caught up on local politics and current events, I decided Creative Loafing would be a reliable source for information unlike other, more biased (in my opinion only) publications.

After reading your article, I see that not much in Atlanta has changed over the last few years. The Southern way seems to be alive and well. Bigotry, racism and blatant hypocrisy prevail (admittedly, these exist everywhere, but are so prevalent in the South). I look forward to reading more about the issues and from you when I return to Atlanta in April.

-- Bob Dougherty, Boston, Mass.

Light of truth
[John Sugg:] I just wanted to tell you what a beautiful job you did on the Kennesaw State University story ("The College of Law(suits)," Feb. 20). You took a myriad of complex issues, cases and circumstances and wove them into a tight tapestry which accurately reflects the rather feudal and futile picture at Kennesaw State.

One of the chilling and upsetting aspects of your article was that some members of the KSU community apparently still believe it is necessary to speak with the assurance of anonymity to avoid retaliation by the university. Having lived through and suffered from Ski's retaliation, I know, first-hand, what they're afraid of. I would have liked to think that things would have gotten better since the jury verdict. I am saddened to learn they have not.

Thank you (and the editors of Creative Loafing) for having the tenacity, integrity and courage to shine a bright, truthful light on the very dark side of KSU's ivory tower.

-- Candy Kaspers, Atlanta

Bad connection
[John Sugg] uses a red herring technique in attempting to connect Kennesaw State University policies to local Cobb County aberrations ("The College of Law(suits)," Feb. 20).

Cobb's aversion to MARTA is not shared by most KSU students, faculty and administration. The administration, in particular, would welcome a MARTA station nearby. It would enhance enrollment and would alleviate our parking problem.

Cobb County homophobia and the Olympic avoidance of Cobb was an event embarrassing to KSU. The campus closed down and parking lots were made available to Games visitors. I can cite no administration-backed homophobic incidents. There have been occasional insults and vandalism directed at gay groups and gay publications but these were decried by the KSU administration.

Any connection to Dent ("Wildman") Myers or his mindset is ludicrous. He is viewed charitably as an anachronism and realistically as a madman and bigot.

-- P.E.Bostick, emeritus professor of biology, Kennesaw State University

Clinton's not to blame
Sounds like Luke Boggs downloaded his latest spin-cycle editorial (Rant, "American grows a spine," Feb. 20) straight from GOP minister of propaganda Karl Rove, or was it Jesse Helms?

While Clinton certainly deserves to take some heat for some spinelessness, he and Albright went far beyond "papering over" the so-called missile threat in North Korea. In November 2000, when Clinton was poised for a visit to Pyongyang, the North had already agreed to forego construction, deployment and international sales of all missiles with a range of 300 miles or more, a move that would have seriously addressed the root of nuclear threat in that region and also saved U.S. taxpayers from vast additional military expenditures. After five Supreme Court votes sold the election to Bush, all this remarkable progress was left to languish in extraordinary diplomacy-by-dereliction, likewise showing callous disregard for South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, winner of the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize.

As for this "axis," how brilliant! Iraq and Iran hate each other as a result of their war in the 1980s. North Korea barely has any relationship with Iraq. It has sold a small amount of military and missile hardware to Iran, but an insignificant amount compared to what the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations sold to Saddam Hussein in the 1980s.

Speaking of "spine" -- wouldn't it be great if our current president would have the "spine" to release the presidential records and documents from 15 years ago as is mandated by federal law? This is the first time in U.S. history an acting president is actively eviscerating the Presidential Records Act over protests from all political persuasions. What is he hiding? And how about some "spine" in allowing the GAO to do its job of accessing information regarding Bush and Cheney's National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG) and its connections to Enron?

-- Phillip Block, Carrollton

Price to pay
Jane Catoe deserves a big fat raise for writing (Jane Says, "Paxil Planet", Feb 13). About time somebody points out the lunacy of anti-depressants such as Paxil. Paxil is indeed all the rage now, and GlaxoSmithKline is making a mint from it. If adults choose to medicate themselves in order to deal with reality, that's one thing. There will be a big price to pay.

The true crime no one is talking about is the fact child and adolescent psychiatrists are giving 14-year-old children Paxil. Let's conduct an investigation as to why, despite the War on Drugs, no one is stopping Paxil from being prescribed to children when it is hardly a medical necessity.

Our children must be protected now from the epidemic of Paxil usage. No clinical studies have been conducted on human beings under 18. Dr. Peter Breggin, author of Your Drug May Be Your Problem, writes, "If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, you may be dismayed to discover how many 'psychiatric symptoms' can be caused or worsened by the drugs themselves."

Incredible. So what are the great minds in Georgia going to do about child and adolescent psychiatrists who prescribe Paxil to children like it's candy?

-- Tony Zizza, Douglasville

Last week's Vibes story on the local Johnny Cash birthday bash misidentified the disease from which Cash suffers. It is autonomic neuropathy. The organizers of the March 2 benefit also were mistaken about it, and later changed the beneficiary of money raised to the American Diabetes Association.

In addition, last week's Vibes story about Precious Bryant mixed up its two photo credits. Fred Fussell took the photo on p. 83, and Adam Smith shot the photo on p. 85.

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