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Letters to the Editor

Carter Boulevard could use new name

The Gwinnett Daily Post recently described the efforts of more than 100 business leaders and others to revitalize Jimmy Carter Boulevard ("CID meets to discuss future of Jimmy Carter Boulevard," June 15) because it suffers from empty storefronts, high crime and other forms of urban blight. You might say that the deep malaise associated with President Carter now affects his namesake.

Of course, in true Jimmy Carter fashion, this group also wants to use taxpayer money to redevelop an area that effectively destroyed itself. Perhaps changing the name from Jimmy Carter to something more uplifting and exciting would help.

- Ernest Wade

Loganville

Kudos to smoking ban

I am grateful for the law in Gwinnett that says there can be no more smoking in any restaurants. I always hated it when I was trying to eat dinner and started coughing from all the secondhand smoke I inhaled. But now I don't have to worry about that thanks to the law.

- Mason Christensen

Buford

Word war out of hand

Several weeks after Newsweek's mea culpa over the Quran abuse story, we still aren't able to accept the story and allegations as being false and move on.

The liberal reasoning now seems to be, "Well, that particular story may be false, but you know we probably have done other stuff."

In discussing the since retracted story of the Quran being flushed down a toilet by a soldier, George Morin wrote in a letter to the editor ("Liberals also patriots," June 17), "The fact is the administration has since admitted this sort of violation has occurred."

I read three newspapers a day, and watch several hours of news daily, including CNN, Fox and MSNBC, and I've not read or heard of the administration making the admission that he claims they have.

What liberals seem to want is to throw as many verbal hand grenades as they want and then not be challenged. Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, Dick Durbin, Harry Reid and others can make any outrageous accusation they want, and when challenged their defense seems to be either blame it on Fox News for exposing them, or the now way over-used exclamation, "How dare you question my patriotism?"

Look how far we've come. Sen. Trent Lott says some nice things about a fellow senator on his 100th birthday, and he's forced to resign his leadership position. Now honestly compare that to the incendiary comments that have now become routine with the Democrats in leadership positions and ask yourself if the war of words hasn't gotten out of hand.

- Johney R. Friar

Auburn