Readers write: Sept. 17

Democratic base too indolent to vote

Jay Bookman’s column was his usual “progressive” claptrap (“The more voters the better?” Opinion, Sept. 14). The reason for GOP concern that these Democrat “voter registration drives” go well beyond just getting their welfare dependents to the polls is to allow Dems to realize the cynical yet true words of H.L.Mencken: “The urge to save humanity is most often a false face for the urge to rule.” Their problem is that their base, conditioned by decades of dependency, has grown too indolent to vote even if not voting jeopardizes the “free stuff” against which Mitt Romney warned sane, responsible citizens could not compete.

DICK BACHERT, NORCROSS

Blame economy for rural problems

In response to “Tax reforms pinching rural Georgia” (Business, Sept. 14), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s progressive agenda again trumps facts. How do you arrive at the conclusion that tax cuts hurt Decatur County more than the economy, the worst economic recovery ever thanks to President Barack Obama? A sweaty bus ride is your reason for more money to schools, the same schools whose cost per student, when compared globally, should be providing us nothing but geniuses. Who says elementary school students “need” computers, when most have them at home? Our schools were failing us before these budget cuts.

BRIAN WALKER, ACWORTH

‘Christian’ position is an insult to Christ

In response to “Medical marijuana: One family’s plight” (News, Sept. 16), is there any other state where sadists get as much respect as they do in Georgia? Here, if sadists want to prevent anybody from getting help of any kind, all they have to do is organize under the banner of “Christianity” and intimidate state legislators. Time and again, legislation that would feed the poor, help the sick and provide justice falls victim to such groups.

The Christian Coalition’s most recent cause is opposing the use of cannabis oil, which has proved helpful to stopping seizures and possible deaths of children, even though far more dangerous drugs are prescribed daily for multitudes of Americans. I consider this opposition to helping children an insult to Christ, who spent much of his life on earth healing the afflicted and urging his followers to do likewise. Posing as a Christian is easy; being one is not.

MARGARET CURTIS, ATLANTA