Think about all of Georgia, not just Atlanta
In the many letters and comments I have read regarding Georgia’s water situation since Judge Magnuson’s ruling, Dusty Nix’s “Woes not just hitting Atlanta” (Opinion, Aug. 2) is the only one I have seen that expresses what many have known for years. Where Georgia and water are concerned, Atlanta is Georgia, with little or no thought for the rest of the state — let alone, Alabama and Florida. Since this “debate” has been going on for well over 50 years, it is sad to think that our state’s political leaders are confused as to what to do next. I do not think that Atlanta’s access to water from Lake Lanier will just be cut off, but I hope that our political leaders have received the wake-up call, put politics aside and get serious about helping to keep all of Georgia a place where people and industry want to locate. Water is our most precious commodity, and without an adequate supply, neither people nor industry will survive.
Connie Tillman, Woodstock
Doctor stirs up fear, but offers no solutions
In your profile of Todd Williamson (“Doctor’s orders: Change minds,” News, Aug. 2), I learned two things: that Williamson is committed to defeating HR 3200, and that he is a comic book collector. What I did not learn is what Dr. Williamson proposes should be done to reform our dysfunctional health care system. This is not unusual among President Obama’s conservative critics when it comes to health care reform: to strike fear in the hearts of those who fear any change at all, while offering no alternative to an unsustainable status quo.
George de Man, Rome
Readers know better; get drivel off front page
What a silly article (“Doctor’s orders: Change minds”). We are in the middle of an important debate in this country about health care and health insurance reform, and you publish a front page article about a doctor who likes comics, and notices mold on windowsills. Please. Surely, you trust your readers to have more capacity to think about complex issues than that. Williamson wants us to believe his ravings about the ruination of the practice of medicine, when we can read the current versions of the bills ourselves, and see that nothing in those bills changes the private contract between patients and doctors.
Lynda Herrig, Decatur