READERS WRITE: JUNE 12

Writer’s leftist racial paranoia unfair to cops

In a recent Sunday AJC, we were treated to a letter writer who claimed the Georgia State Patrol perpetrates racial profiling on drivers who are people of color (“Georgia, its police should realize Civil War’s long over,” Readers Write, May 27). I was born in the Northeast, but have lived in the South (South Carolina and Georgia) for over 40 years. My wife and I have traveled numerous times, well over 100, taking northbound trips on I-75, I-85 and I-95. Never, not once, have we seen the situation the letter writer described. The closest thing I saw was law enforcement unloading the contents of an 18-wheeler, presumably looking for drugs. The truck diver was white. I really hope the writer seeks help to deal with his racial delusions.

MARC O’DELL, ALPHARETTA

Floods prove need to address climate change

Ellicott City, Md., was recently devastated by flash flooding for the second time in three years. Atlanta is increasingly vulnerable to similar floods related to unrestrained development and increasing temperatures. Unrestrained development means more impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground, thus leading to more flooding. Increasing temperatures due to the greenhouse effect cause the air to hold more water, causing stronger downpours and more flooding. To prevent flooding, we should limit the amount of pavement and other impervious surfaces that can be built in sensitive areas, and limit greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon at the source and paying a dividend to all U.S. households. The latter would limit climate change, decrease pollution, and give every American household a monthly dividend check, putting money in Americans’ pockets.

SUE ANNE BRENNER, ATLANTA

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