Readers Write 8/11

WATER

Three states need to cooperate for study

As we all know, the controversy over the water rights to Lake Lanier has been going on for years. Millions have been spent in the courts fighting this battle. The only thing we have not heard about is a technical study by all three states together, to actually assess the needs of Florida, Alabama and Georgia. This would entail doing a study of the volume flow of the Chattahoochee River over several years, to get an understanding of exactly how much water would need to be released from Lake Lanier at a given time, and to not just flood it with a guess. Until this study is done, there will never be a knowledgeable agreement.

Larry Bost, Marietta

WATER

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

HEALTH CARE

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

HEALTH CARE

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