Once more, Atlanta seems ready to shove history aside in pursuit of glitter and short-term gain, proposing that a new Falcons stadium gobble up Friendship Baptist Church.
The option Mayor Reed proposed (“Church may not have to move,” Metro, June 27) is a step in the right direction. If a vast new stadium is erected right next to the modest church, it will only overshadow it briefly, in the great scheme of things.
I have no doubt the stadium will be pulled down in a few decades, when the next generation of Philistines comes along.
COLM MULCAHY, ATLANTA
Critics of Paula Deen should look in mirror
This continuous lambasting of Paula Deen needs to stop. Not one of those executives who has dropped her can honestly say they haven’t said or done, at some time in their lives, something they would not want made public and subjected themselves to the criticism and harm they have poured out on Paula Deen.
It’s true that some people try to hide their own faults by diverting attention from themselves onto someone else. I would suggest that these people who are coming down so hard on Paula take a good, hard, honest look at themselves in the mirror, and see if they are above reproach.
SUE SHEALY, LOGANVILLE
Profit motive drives incorporation efforts
Regarding “New cities can help DeKalb”(Opinion, June 28), who benefits from further fragmenting DeKalb County’s resources and assets? Follow the money, and it leads straight to the private sector.
Mary Kay Woodworth and Jason Lary correctly state that newly created cities operate by downsizing and outsourcing jobs to private firms. This arrangement might appear more efficient — but cities lose assets and revenue sources, bringing negative consequences over time. A private workforce is less accountable to the people than one operated by elected government officials, where profits do not add costs to taxpayers.
The push to cityhood is a transparent effort on the part of private interests to divide and conquer. Residents of DeKalb County need to stop this pernicious assault on our common welfare.
SUSAN MCWETHY, DECATUR
Evidence points to Zimmerman’s guilt
This is a real simple case: George Zimmerman, in the absence of legal authority, pursued and engaged an unarmed man in a fight, which is a crime. In the commission of that crime, the unarmed man was killed.
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