The Georgia Department of Transportation once again displayed its alarming lack of competence during the recent storms, when it failed to anticipate a problem and have the drains clear on the expressways.
I realize it is impossible to have every drain clear, but there are those areas that consistently cause problems during heavy rains. I am sure the people at the Department of Transportation monitor the weather, just like all citizens do. These storms were not a surprise — and to have this happen in areas known for flooding due to clogged drains is unacceptable. Perhaps Gov. Deal has a buddy in his pocket who might do a better job running this agency.
Seriously, Department of Transportation: Get your act together. You are endangering the lives of our citizens.
GREGORY H. JOHNSON, ATLANTA
Ask Bernie Marcus to
explain high CEO pay
I have great respect for Bernie Marcus as a businessman and a philanthropist. He has never been shy about his views on the role of government in promoting pro-growth policies (“Job creators need pro-growth policies,” Opinion, Jan. 30).
I wish that he would address the issue of CEO compensation and its deleterious effect on business growth. Robert Nardelli received millions in compensation during his tenure. How many jobs could have been created if he had been paid a salary that did not defy all principles of fairness?
These outrageous salaries seem to be peculiar to American CEOs. Why is that, Mr. Marcus?
GERSON PAULL, ATLANTA
to rethink strategy
As a member of an at-risk species (“moderate Republican”), I have had enough of the current Republican Party strategy of continuing to attack President Obama personally, without a viable alternative strategy on key issues.
We lost the election, people. Get over it!
What we need is a fresh strategy aimed at the middle class (not the elite), which recognizes the realities of demographics and public opinion on key issues, and a leader who can take the new strategy and make it happen.
IAN SHAW, CUMMING
Blame technology for
Beyonce’s lip synching
Regarding “Why the outrage over Beyonce’s lip-synching?” (Opinion, Jan. 31), my oldest son is a music engineer who is working freelance here in Atlanta. Several weeks ago, he and I were discussing the advances made in the recording industry and how they have changed the nature of performing.
He explained the use of a certain technology, and how it can now be employed on a live stage to enhance an artist’s abilities (or lack thereof). I asked him if that meant he could make me sound like Barbra Streisand. Without missing a beat, he replied, “Mom, I could make Ben (his brother) sound like Barbra Streisand!”
When Georgia’s football team reconvened for bowl practice last weekend, coach Mark Richt didn’t have any special contrivances or complicated plots for getting his team motivated to play Nebraska in the Gator Bowl.
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