Americans did not elect representatives to Congress to shut down our government. We trust them to work for the people by finding effective responses to the nation’s challenges. Threats to shut down the government are a betrayal of that trust and abuse of office that cannot be justified by claiming noble values. If you believe using fetal tissue for research is wrong, remember who made it legal along with freezing embryos. So discuss, debate and vote on those issues, but don’t shut down our government. That’s not your job.
TONY GARDNER, CUMMING
Photo conflicts with streetcar assertion
Wednesday’s AJC carried a front-page article on the security breach and vandalism of Atlanta’s streetcars (“Vandals expose security gap,” News, Sept. 23). Confronted with this incident and a recent audit citing a lack of leadership and numerous noncompliance issues, Mayor Reed’s senior advisor, Melissa Mullinax, nonetheless stated, “I’m confident that we have the right systems in place and that we have the right people in place right now.” Maybe so for the vehicles themselves. What about the personnel? Pictured with the article was a streetcar employee cleaning up graffiti without benefit of OSHA-required safety goggles and head covering. I think there is a serious problem when the city gives priority to the safety and security of its streetcars over that of its employees.
BETSY V. SWAIN, EAST ATLANTA