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
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
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