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All that's silver ain't closed

The Silver Grill closed as you know in December '06. Your article was great (Grazing, "Reflections and resolutions," Jan. 4); however, a backlash of sorts has occurred.

I own the Silver Skillet on 14th Street -- been there more than 50 years. We serve breakfast and lunch Southern style. Obviously people heard an old Southern diner in Midtown with the name Silver closed and they think it's us! A nice compliment to think of us BUT WE ARE OPEN! Is there any way to get the word out that WE ARE STILL HERE!!

-- Teresa Breckenridge, Atlanta

please eulogize honestly

President Gerald Ford is being mythologized as a presidential saint (Headcase, "It's good to be dead," Jan. 11). However, Ford was a direct accessory to one of the worst massacres of the 20th century.

The island nation of East Timor is a former Portuguese colony near Australia. In December 1975, then-President Ford met with Indonesian dictator Suharto. Ford knew that Suharto, an American ally, was planning an illegal invasion of East Timor, using U.S.-supplied weapons. The only thing stopping Suharto was fear the United States would stop supplying Indonesia with weapons and other support. Under U.S. agreements, those weapons could be used for defensive purposes only.

But Ford gave Suharto the green light for the invasion, telling him the United States would not interfere. The result was a murderous assault followed by years of savage oppression that, by Amnesty International's estimate, ended with one-third of the East Timor population -- more than 200,000 people -- dead.

The award-winning journalist John Pilger, writing in the British newspaper the Guardian in 1999, described the massacre as "a crime as great and enduring as any this century; proportionally, not even Pol Pot matched Suharto's spree. In the first three months, some 60,000 people died resisting the invasion, or were slaughtered. Or they died in concentration camps, where many starved to death."

Ford also provided military and economic aid to many other brutal, murderous dictatorships. He brought terror, torture and death to people around the globe. He should have stood trial for his actions. We should not be honoring this man.

-- James W. Harris, Rydal

WE're still segregated

Let's call eliminating [north] Fulton County (Fallout, "Secession fever," Jan. 4) what it really is: segregation based on race, class and political power. It is such a great idea that it could be used as a prototype across America. Every unincorporated area could first become a city followed by creating new or reaching back, as in Georgia, to re-establish old counties. Wouldn't this be an opportunity to further segregate public schools? Next, why not segregate people in the workplace? While justifying that it is about self-determination at the local level, better service and control over local revenue, some other type of thinking has to occur, such as embracing difference rather than similarities. However, this can't happen, can it? What a disgrace! It's scary to think about where this is going.

-- Naeema Gilyard, Fairburn

Department of Corrections

In the Jan. 11 cover story "James Brown: Soul brother No. 1," Bernard Purdie is quoted as saying he played drums on the James Brown classic "Cold Sweat," a claim he also had made to other media. However, on the Star Time box set of James Brown's music, Clyde Stubblefield is listed as the drummer on that song, and Stubblefield is generally credited as the drummer on "Cold Sweat."

The Dec. 27 story "Redefining Underground" misidentified the owner of the House nightclub; her correct name is Krista Gable.


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