Readers Write, 7/22

ENVIRONMENT

Keep Cumberland quiet

Thanks to David Kyler for sounding the alarm over motorized tours into the Cumberland Island wilderness (“Cumberland wilderness under siege,” Opinion, July 8). As an amateur nature audio recordist, I’ve been fortunate to record the magnificent soundscape of Cumberland on many occasions. More than once, the glorious symphony of birds, insects and surf has been interrupted by a motor vehicle — startling the animals and ruining the visitor’s experience. Cumberland is one of the few places left where visitors can really have a wilderness experience. Why ruin it so that a few can be transported by vehicle to remote areas that others are willing to walk miles to enjoy? Cumberland was designated a wilderness area because of the wisdom and foresight of visionaries who wanted to preserve it. It would be both heartbreaking and criminal to see that vision trampled by a few noisy entrepreneurs and their customers.

Tom Campbell, Decatur

Time for U.S. to wake up

Why are we our worst enemy? We continue to place restrictions on our manufacturing plants to reduce gases and emissions which, obviously, increase costs. Meanwhile, India and China, for example, continue to ignore such pleas to reduce carbon emissions, and gather ever-increasing American manufacturing jobs. More and more dollars flow from the U.S. to foreign borrowers, and our deficits grow.

Paul Greenberg, Alpharetta

SUPREME COURT

Human touch required

I’m not sure whether Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s critics are just ignorant of the realities of the law or, worse, hypocrites. It is absolutely impossible to keep one’s personal life and life experiences out of the courtroom — and it is well that it is so. To insist that a justice should merely “follow the law” misses the point. How else to explain why there are very few Supreme Court decisions that are 9-0? If laws were so simple to understand, why not simply replace the court with the “Supreme Computer”: feed in the “facts” of a case and let it spit out a decision. No interpretation. No arguments. No humanity.

John R. Siegel, Atlanta

MEDIA

Not worth the newsprint

Lewis Carroll’s portrayal of a collection of people who have lost touch with reality as a mad tea party seems an appropriate metaphor for the AJC editorial meeting when it was decided to produce a special section on Michael Jackson. While the paper has been explaining to its readers why it has been necessary to trim coverage of legitimate news ranging from business to sports, the AJC continues to generate an increasing orgy of grotesque celebrity worship. Cutting back on legitimate news, while serving up fawning tributes of morally corrupt “personalities” insults your readers, and demonstrates a lack of news judgment by the AJC’s editors.

David N. Scott, Atlanta