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Concerning "Holier Than Thou," (CL, July 3), it seems liberals can never get enough of demonizing the right. By presenting Ashcroft's quotes, both before he took office and during his tenure, the writer hopes to dismiss Ashcroft as some right-wing nutcase. The problem the liberal writer obviously doesn't take into consideration is that Ashcroft, like the rest of America, has the right to freedom of religious beliefs. Would the liberal writer rather Ashcroft wasn't able to express his views on religion, government and practice his religious faith?

But let's recall exactly what position Ashcroft holds: Attorney General of the United States. As the writer pointed out, he is America's top law enforcement officer -- not lawmaker! Regardless of Ashcroft's views, he must follow the laws of the United States, including the Constitution. His views that foreign terrorists do not have the protection of the US Constitution has been universally upheld by the US Supreme Court, even in 1943 when FDR had several Nazis who had landed in America detained. Heck, even Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus during the Civil War to deal with Southern spies who invaded the North.

The writer's views are just typical liberal hysteria. Ashcroft's positions and views are well-rooted in law and constitutional decisions upheld by the US Supreme Court.

Incidentally, a former Attorney General's views could have been portrayed as just as out of touch with the founders of America. Specifically, the Second Amendment, which Janet Reno strongly opposed. Is the writer stating that only an Attorney General who agrees fully with Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and Paine be appointed? -- John Currier, Charlotte


I am one of the first customers that ever entered City Tavern back in 1999. In reading Tricia Childress' critique ("City Fare," June 19), I found some areas I agree with. The staff is quite young and could always be more knowledgeable. But that's about as far as I would take it. Every restaurant has some hiccups. City Tavern has had its fair share, I will admit. But it is just about the only place on East Blvd that I feel at home. It is small, friendly and the food is, in my opinion, excellent and affordable. Ms. Childress complained that her bill was over $100, but how much did she get for that amount? From reading all of her cutdowns on practically the entire menu, she must have ordered just that. City Tavern has never advertised itself to be an upscale environment. You get what you pay for. I would rather have that than go to some of these overpriced, stuffy restaurants like the Palm, Sonoma or Morton's! Their wine menu has a nice variety, who cares if the waiter hasn't opened a bottle before? Where do you think you are, Bonterra? Cut the guy a break! The wine didn't change taste because he couldn't open the bottle with the etiquette Childress so pompously desires.

Whether it be a "bistro" or "tavern," I can't help but feel that this review had some kind of spite involved because it is so one-sided and contradicts the majority of patrons that love City Tavern. The article was, in my opinion, downright mean. In the future, Ms. Childress' opinion would warrant limited credibility at best. -- Tonya Jamison, Charlotte


Despite my recent criticism of Tara Servatius' slant on new national security measures (Letters, "Tara's Tirade," June 19), I always find her locally centered pieces to be exceedingly astute, very well-researched and incisive. Her recent article on the deviousness of county commissioners (Citizen Servatius, "Make Them Decide Now," June 26), as regards sales and property tax increases, was no exception.

On the other hand, my general reaction to that piece was one of disappointment and confusion. I can't understand how someone as hep to these types of issues as Ms. Servatius is could ignore the fundamental problem. Even if commissioners talk truthfully now, and they opt not to increase taxes, the city will continue to be the same backwards, inequitable, congested, under-educated, and art-underfunded cesspool that it is. There will be every major artery disrupted by road work that there isn't funding to expedite, there will still be libraries that are closed on Sundays, there will be no adequate, inner-city public transit system, pollution will grow and children will make no real progress in school.

That is because, unlike in truly world class cities, we do not impose a tax on the money that businesses make, and an unjust tax burden falls on individuals.

Therein lies the fault of politicians -- they've made this nightmare and they should straighten it out. We need to make them interface with corporations and convince the latter that a progressive municipal capital gains tax is in their best interest, because it improves quality of life and keeps their consumer and labor bases here. The way to facilitate that is to let your commissioners know you're not re-electing them if they don't. -- Lee G. Kushner, Charlotte

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