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A welcome change

I was referred to your editorial by a friend who still reads Creative Loafing, and I felt compelled to comment (News & Views, "What should we stand for?" Aug. 4). I was a weekly reader of CL up until about three or four years ago. I enjoyed CL with its entertainment guides, humorous columnists and community news.

Over the years I noticed a change. It seemed to me that there was a more focused lean toward political activism. I, of course, am not opposed to the occasional political rant, but it seemed there was a weekly high dosage of one-sided, bitter political spewage. Maybe because of complaints from readers, CL tried to include the occasional political rant from the other viewpoint, but that only fueled the distaste I had for people and media that could not discuss political differences with maturity and open minds.

As you stated in your editorial, there is great diversity in the Atlanta area. And, we are more divided politically than ever. The rants published in your paper did nothing to bring the community together and helped fuel the fire. That is why I quit reading CL.

I am hoping that you stand behind your words and present a "more influential community forum for great ideas." But, to do this, you cannot alienate half of the community. I will test the waters in the future to see if you are truly reaching your goals.

-- Timothy Rusk, Decatur

As development accelerates in the city, I think we need groups/organizations/newspapers to take a stand for independently owned businesses. If we don't want to end up with the generic business environment of the suburbs or of the Lenox/Buckhead area, we should educate the public about the need to support independently owned businesses. They help create what is unique about Atlanta, and they are getting squeezed. Many people I speak with don't think about where their dollars are spent, beyond whether they are getting the best deal for their money. Where we spend our money affects our quality of life in the long term.

-- Natallie Keiser, Reynoldstown

Check out more letters on "What should we stand for?" at our new blog on community dialogue at www.creativeloafing.typepad.com/whatarewefor/.

It was here long ago

Shame on Creative Loafing for aping the language of Republican pollster Frank Luntz on the recent cover and story "Has eco-terror arrived in Atlanta?" (Aug. 4). Eco-terror arrived in Atlanta several decades ago in the forms of urban sprawl, smog, deforestation, toxic golf courses, a plague of pesticides, an irruption of strip malls, a pox of ticky-tacky boxes, and an indiscriminate paving of the place. I hope CL can refrain from adopting the language of the technological-industrial juggernaut devouring the planet. People trying to protect what is left of the environment from the endless havoc wreaked by the eco-terrorists we call developers deserve our thanks. How long can the Earth support humanity's infinite self-absorption?

-- Kevin DeLuca, Athens

He's a man, baby!

I read Don't Panic (Aug. 4) and found it to be full of sarcasm, resentment, ideological self-righteousness and littered with anti-Bush, anti-conservative and anti-American rhetoric.

I see that you have fallen into the liberal left's common rhetoric. Are you really willing to sell yourself to the rhetoric of the left to get your article published by a morally corrupt paper? All that was necessary was for you to write an article about the starving Nigeriens and the world's unwillingness to fulfill its obligation to humanity. Your resentful remarks and insulting picture of Bush were more than enough to explain your point of view.

The attitude in your article is harmful to Muslims in America because it creates a perception that the Muslim is culturally alienated and against mainstream America. It is the extreme liberal left that is culturally alienated and resentful to America. That is why the paper finds satisfaction in using your opinions. It allows them to escape the negative backlash that would occur if they said their opinions themselves, but instead you get the negative backlash.

The liberal left may enjoy using you as their Muslim spokeswoman for their opinions because it gives them a scapegoat and it allows them to keep their advertisers who would withdraw their ads if the paper was more honest with their opinions.

Do you really want to spend your writing career as a pawn for the liberal left, and at what expense are you willing to lower the ethical quality of your articles for them?

-- Justin Waters, Safety Harbor, Fla.

Editor's note: Andisheh would like us to remind readers that he's never been a Muslim and that, until he gets more generous health insurance, he'll never be a female, either.

They're people, too!

I just wanted to let y'all know that I read Hollis' column, "Superpower" (Talk of the Town, July 28), and was moved to write, and thank, in response.

It seems she has an extraordinary relationship with her daughter, Mae, who appears to be on her way to becoming a super-genius. Wile E. Coyote would be green with envy!

The other thing about the article that made me glad I read it was that it is very encouraging to hear from a mom (read: adult) who can be stunned and amazed by a child. Just because they're low to the ground doesn't mean they don't know stuff.

-- Gary Chisholm, Atlanta

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