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That poor feeling, Blotter busted, slacking on smack

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Feeling the pinch of the economy

Thank you so much for your short article, "I feel uniquely poor" by Cliff Bostock (Sept. 3).

I love your paper, but sometimes going through the pages and seeing so many events and concerts that I can't afford to go to makes me feel left out.

I like that the author captured the other side that I feel the majority of us are living with these days. Putting just enough gas in our cars to get there, and really feeling the pinch of the economy. I hope you have more pieces like this in the future.

– Cassandra Horacek, Atlanta

Petty entrapment

As an avid reader of the Blotter (Bad Habits) – the best and sometimes the only good thing you've got to print – I'm struck by the weekly narratives of APD vice cops busting women, mostly, for soliciting sex usually for $20. I would imagine that most of those caught in this senseless entrapment are already pretty well messed-up and are back on the streets again soon, anyway. I see less harm in their endeavors than I do in cops wasting our tax dollars in this endless game so that some APD bureaucrat can taut how many arrests they've made.

Leave it alone and go after more important issues having to do with public safety.

– Charles Jackson, Atlanta

'Smack' lacking complete story

The cover of your (Aug. 20) publication, "Smack," was probably a shock to many metro Atlantans. However, as an addict who has only recently moved out of "the Bluff," I am only reminded of what is true for so many of us. Heroin is not new to Atlanta; the Bluff has offered a sanctuary for heroin users for years. It is disconcerting as a young, black heroin addict that there was no mention of the problems relating to those like me. The stories of Sarah, Brian and Amy – young whites – are the only people who could merit an article about heroin addiction in Atlanta.

The alarm was sounded by police and medical professionals after heroin had left the Bluff and young, suburban whites started to overdose. I have known multiple heroin-related deaths in fellow blacks, and yet there was no mention of this. I can only attest that now the Atlanta community is looking for answers, and possibly someone to blame for the deaths and addictions of seemingly normal white youth.

Whatever the color, heroin is as addictive as ever, and it's here in Atlanta. But what I want you to know, what I want you to hear, is that's it's always been here and isn't leaving anytime soon. Had this problem been addressed in the Bluff where blacks were suffering from its plight 30 years ago, I may not have had to respond to this article. As in the case of Sarah, most are never to recover, but continue to grind through life as a zombie desperately hunting for the next fix. Think about it, Atlanta. Wake up!

– Andrea Dukes, Atlanta

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