Regarding “To collect and serve?” (News, Oct. 25), efforts to curb excessive traffic ticketing by limiting the percentage of police department budgets funded by fines does not get to the root of the problem. If the state of Georgia were to lower and cap fines for moving and equipment violations, ticketing drivers would be less lucrative. Fines of $200 for broken lights, failure to signal, improper lane changes, etc., are excessive and burdensome to the poor. Also, disincentives to fighting unfair tickets should be removed. The practice of levying higher fines and imposing court costs on those who contest tickets is unfair. Contested ticket cases should be resolved in one half-day session. Police and prosecutors should not be allowed to postpone trials. These reforms would discourage frivolous ticketing and improve justice.
BRUCE L. WILLIAMS, ATLANTA
King may not have wanted memorial
I wonder if Dr. Martin Luther King would really want another memorial erected in his name. Wouldn’t he rather it be just a symbol of freedom for all people ringing out atop Stone Mountain, as he so eloquently dreamed? A plaque honoring King at the base of the Freedom Bell Tower should educate future generations about the source of inspiration for the bell. The bell itself should simply be called the Freedom Bell at Stone Mountain.
DAVE MURDOCK, SHARPSBURG