MITCH PARADISE, LOS ANGELES
Learn from other cities’ history
The second installment of the Atlanta Forward series by Dan Chapman and Michael E. Kanell (“Our Future: Boom or Bust?, News, April 12) is the type of reporting that compels me to be an avid reader of the AJC. The writers stated the premise and the anticipated backlash of the ostrichlike powers-that-be. They referred to their previous findings (Atlanta’s lack of growth compared to Charlotte and Dallas), then show us what must be addressed in a cooperative manner if the metro area wants to emulate the rise of Chicago or the decline of St. Louis. The authors’ companion pieces on the two cities further makes the case for action. Your articles were thought-provoking and worthy of praise.
ALFRED M. SMITH, MARIETTA
Climate really isn’t changing
Many government scientists, politicians, and environmental groups claim increased carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is causing global warming. Global warming produces shorter winters and earlier springs. Spring’s arrival is important because I open an outdoor heated swimming pool for exercise. This can’t be done until tree pollen and Dogwood petals have fallen. For many years, the pool was operational by April 15. This year is the third year in a row I was unable to open the pool because of heavy pollen and blooming Dogwood trees. Atlanta has a Dogwood Festival for a three-day weekend in mid-April. Usually Dogwoods have long lost their blooms before the festival. This year’s Dogwood blooms were at their peak for the festival start. My estimate is spring is 10 days later the past three years — no global warming. Most of the rest of the country has the same result.
JAMES H. RUST, POLICY ADVISOR, THE HEARTLAND INSTITUTE
Smell the coffee on racial issues
So long as we have the present situation of black-on-black violence, and the killing of blacks by police departments, we shall continue to suffer the consequences of our foolish lack of insight in dealing with this vast problem. When you consider that more people were killed by police in the U.S. in March than were killed in the entire 20th century in England, we have a serious problem. Yet we refuse to talk intelligently about this; rather we just accuse each other of wrongdoing. We have got to “smell the coffee”, for we are laboring under false pretenses when it comes to intelligent thinking about killings of fellow Americans!
DAVID CLARKE, BUFORD