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Sign of Rushing
As I perused the latest edition of the Loaf I came upon an article written by Tara Servatius ("Election Hit & Run?," Oct. 6) about a man who claims to have been hit by a partisan Subaru. Accompanying the article was a photo of the man, Alex Kramer (who probably shouldn't have his mug in print) and he was holding a sign. The sign read: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." A very simple and elegant description of organized, non-violent mass movements. According to the hand-made sign the speaker was "Ghandi." I'm sure Mr. Kramer meant "Gandhi" and must have been in a bit of a hurry when he made the sign in the first place. The lesson is this: Protesters, when making signs always check for spelling and grammar! As for Mr. Gandhi's excellent words, let us once again, as American citizens, prove them to be true. Get out and VOTE!

-- Alex Kramer, Charlotte

Expose Big Brother
While it's scary to learn that the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office is developing technology that will track everywhere we drive ("Big Brother in Your Car," by Tara Servatius, Sept. 29), what's even scarier is that they're so secretive about their existence, as evidenced by their failure to respond to public inquiries about their activities.

I would think that such requests for information would come under the Freedom of Information Act. Thus, by not responding to such inquiries, this agency may be violating the law.

If I were Tara, I'd let Senators Dole and Edwards, and Representatives Myrick and Watt know of this flagrant misdeed on the part of this agency. Maybe a call from a member of Congress will be what gets this shadowy agency to explain to the public what they're all about. Who knows -- it might even make a hero out of John Edwards!

-- Stephen V. Gilmore, Charlotte

Gang Smear Tactics
Tara Servatius' political reporting is usually spot-on, honest and level-headed. So what's she doing writing a hack smear job entitled "Gang of Five, Part 2?" (Sept. 29)? First off, county commissioners Jim Puckett, Dan Ramirez and Ruth Samuelson, commissioner-elect Dan Bishop, and candidate Andy Dulin weren't even on the board in the "Gang of Five" days. Yes, they're conservatives, but after endless tax increases that even Democrat Parks Helms called "unconscionable," an infusion of fiscal sanity is exactly what this county needs.

Then Tara claims the at-large field is "loaded with political incumbents" and focuses mostly on Wilhelmenia Rembert. Of the seven at-large candidates, only Helms, Samuelson and Ramirez currently serve on the board. And Rembert, the race-obsessed radical, was wisely thrown out of office by voters just 11 months ago.

And you've just got to laugh at an apoplectic Democratic commissioner Norman Mitchell complaining that, "These people are talking about reducing government." Perhaps Mitchell wasn't sober when Bill Clinton declared, "The era of big government is over."

-- Charles Held, Charlotte

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