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I very much enjoyed "Buh-bye boho" (July 24). It struck home, for there's a poet in me that the programmer part knows has always been there. And while health insurance and 401Ks may not seemingly offer freedom, they do provide freedom from worry that me or my wife or my kids won't die from some silly-ass disease because we couldn't pay for care or drugs.

So as your article touches on, it's all a trade-off. But it's nice to see the other side sometimes.

-- John Cochrane, Alpharetta



Right on!
(In response to "Buh-bye boho," July 24): All I can say is RIGHT ON! It is work like this that keeps me reading the good ol' Loaf. I always need it as my guide for what to listen to and where to eat out and to go for cocktails ... but this "real" story of "real" people is a big smile maker. I feel for these guys and know (of) Patton. (I was living on Elizabeth Street 1988-1991. Utilized his wonderful library of VHS Gold many cold, damp, fall Atlanta days.)

-- Ralph E. McGill III, Atlanta



Independent slice of life
Felicia Feaster: You are a great writer. Did a great job weaving seemingly disparate segments of the former-bohemian story together ("Buh-bye boho," July 24). But, as one who is proud to say he "took his retirement up front," I am a bit concerned that you left readers with a bit of a negative spin. I would think that the Loaf, considering it's leanings toward ... shall we say the independent side of life, would be more encouraging to others considering striking out in obtuse directions. People that do so are what makes Little Five more than just a tourist attraction ... that a couple inhabitants were lost from that throng makes it, in my counter-cultural mind, even more vital to stress to the other potential misfits that it is indeed possible to make, not just a living, but a life, by being creative -- like the Loaf -- and considering professional responsibilities secondarily.

-- Dave Rhinehart, Decatur



Give it back
Rochelle Renford's "Finishing First" article was an excellent piece (July 24). The article was critical instead of negative, and addressed what I believe is the most important issue in our society. Education is equal to our society's health, and is mostly a product of parental involvement. School is important since it provides children with structure, social interaction and information. However, school can only build upon the base provided at home through dinnertime conversations, family outings and parentally encouraged reading, for example.

Like Renford, I am wary of educational reforms that are enacted only by giving schools more resources (rather than paying teachers more) or by requiring more tests.

Let's continue to look into what's making parents too busy to spend adequate time with their children, work to give them that time back, and then equip them to make the best use of it.

-- Miles Stoudenmire, Atlanta



Learning through hearing
Felicia Feaster: Have you actually used any headphones in a museum (For Art's Sake, "In search of museum peace," July 24)?

If you did use them, you would learn that the messages on the headphones do not tell people what to think or give an opinion on what the art is. It gives the viewer historic and background information. It gives a tour given by the curator of the exhibition.

Ninety-nine percent of the people who come to look at an exhibition have no art background and this equipment gives the visitor an education on what they are looking at. It gives the visitor a chance to get questions answered.

As to the zombie look of people that use headsets: It is not a zombie look. It is people listening and learning. Having been the audio manager for many shows, I am offended by your take on the use of multimedia devices.

If someone wants to have quality time with art then they need to plan their visit to a museum. DO NOT go to an art museum on a Saturday or Sunday of the last two weeks of a show. Come to an art museum during the week.

One is not required to take audio or read anything. Audio and text do not force one to decide what they think. It is just as easy to walk through an exhibit once with no audio or reading, then walk through a second time with the audio and reading and see how your thoughts compare or are different with others.

Maybe if you, Felicia, did this you would learn a lot more.

-- Joe St. Jean, Smyrna

Think my own thoughts
Thank you for your article "In Search of Museum Peace" (For Art's Sake, July 24). I am one of the few people who always declines to use the walkman devices when viewing a touring exhibit. I also prefer just to look at the art and let my own thoughts decide what pieces are worth more or less time.

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