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The other side of the gun
Chris Renaldo: Thank you for your insight and your clear, realistic assessment of Mr. Kourkoulis' dilemma (Rant, "Gunning for trouble," April 3). Too often, media coverage on this subject focuses only on sad gun-related events, such as death and injury resulting from a poorly maintained or stored firearm. While these stories are truly tragic and newsworthy, the other side of the coin -- where a law-abiding, armed citizen successfully defends him or herself from a criminal attack -- are seldom told.

In addition, you deserve many kudos for standing up for Mr. Kourkoulis in the face of the unfair treatment levied upon him by the Atlanta Police Department. Again, thank you for your responsible journalism.

-- Chuck Kelly, Decatur

Ain't gonna happen
Ken Edelstein: Thanks for your article on suggested ways to better spend $200 million ("Hey Mr. Billionaire: I've got a better place for your $200 million," March 27). Unfortunately, it ain't gonna happen.

Your suggestions all require studies (which cost time and money), public hearings (more time and money), more studies, more input from the public, political infighting, backstabbing, firing at least one set of consultants, then paying for more to start from square one, etc.

Why wait? Buy some land, drop a fish tank on it, fill it with water and fish.

In no time, there is a new Atlanta landmark to stamp on the desired plaque. Yes, it is really oversimplifying the whole matter. However, this city is in desperate need of quality public transportation, and a $200 million donation is barely a drop in the bucket. But at least it would be a start.

-- Evan Richardson, Marietta

Don't hit the snooze button
Ken Edelstein: I just wanted to write and tell you that your cover article is a DAMN GOOD article ("Hey Mr. Billionaire: I've got a better place for your $200 million," March 27). I think you made some very well-written, well-founded suggestions that would all benefit Atlanta's future. I hope that someone or a lot of people actually pay close attention and wake up. I hope to see all four ideas come to life.

-- Greta Wilson, Atlanta

Do what you wanna do
(In response to "Hey Mr. Billionaire: I've got a better place for your $200 million," March 27): Ken Edelstein: Some of these are really good ideas, so when you make several million dollars you can do with your money what you want. Until then get off your high (gift) horse and let the man do what he pleases with his money. This is, after all, America.

-- Ian Pilling, Atlanta

Put your money where your mouth is
(In response to "Hey Mr. Billionaire: I've got a better place for your $200 million," March 27): Ken Edelstein: I'd love to know the footnote for the saying that you had to change trains in Atlanta during the Civil War if you were gonna go to hell. I think it's as much a fantasy as your article.

Trolley lines (your term light rail) were built as business interests back before the automobile became the favored vehicle. Hate to say it, but you folks don't recall that [light rail] would have to proceed at a speed maybe faster than a bus but slower than a SUV.

The man wants to build a fish tank. And you want to complain. Belly up to the bar and buy a round and put your money where your mouth is. You might have made some headway with the purchase of land on the Chattahoochee, but you blew it in the beginning. It's his cash.

-- Stephen Nunan, Atlanta

Bigger woes
This is a comment concerning your "Hey, Mr. Billionaire" article (March 27). I find it interesting that you so easily take shots at someone who is doing, as opposed to just writing about doing. I think what Mr. Marcus is doing is commendable. I also find fault in the fact that nowhere in your article is Southwest Atlanta mentioned; sort of ironic seeing that your article sought to solve the woes of ATL but did not mention the areas that need spurring the most. I often wonder if anyone on your staff has gone as far as the West End MARTA station. This I would expect of the AJC, not CL.

-- G.T. Leaphart, Atlanta

Filler journalism
(In response to Fishwrapper, "The College of Law(suits)," Feb. 20): I never thought I would find myself defending a government institution, but I must strongly protest the high chicanery posing as investigative journalism in recent issues of your publication. The extremely vicious campaign carried out against Kennesaw State University is a prime example of why many Atlantans consider CL similar to the Mariah Carey's Glitter -- pretty to look at but lacking in substance.

For example, in both your initial article on KSU's legal issues and in your subsequent "Fishwrapper" column, you cite KSU as having the highest rate of lawsuits in the University System and, in a miraculous claim, one of the highest in the nation. A little investigative work might have revealed otherwise.

According to KSU's own legal department, KSU has never, by jury- or bench-trial, had any of the cases you mentioned come to a point where a verdict of discrimination was rendered. Granted, settlements were reached in several cases. Many times, the exorbitant cost of legal defense is prohibitive and the best route to a solution is to offer a settlement.

It should be apparent to the public that CL has either a personal vendetta against KSU or has simply transformed the rantings of a couple of allegedly injured parties into filler for the space where true works of journalism should have appeared.

-- Mark Hoerrner, Kennesaw

Big Bang theory
(In response to Jane Says, "Read my lips," March 20): I certainly hope this new laser wonder gizmo wasn't invented by the mad scientists at Los Alamos. As I understand it, their latest laser experiment is feared by many to create a man-made black hole that will suck us all into the next dimension.

Well, upon second thought, isn't that what all of us lonely hearts are searching for over the next event horizon? One woman's universal collapse is the next one's Big Bang. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

-- Rick Stanley, Lancaster, Calif.

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