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Readers Write: March 14


Hunter shouldn’t lose job for Lewis comment

The events of the past few weeks involving Gwinnett County Commissioner Hunter are extremely disturbing. The language Hunter used against Congressman Lewis was 100 percent out of line. Protesting against Hunter is not out of line, however the disruptive manner of the protesters is also 100 percent out of line. So too are the comments made by Atlanta’s mayor. They leave a perception of economic blackmail. The demonstrators are demanding that he resign from the Gwinnett Commission, and now I read in the AJC that the protesters are demonstrating at Hunter’s place of employment, demanding that he be fired. There is no connection between his private employment and his public work as a commissioner. What I see in the manner of all these demonstrations and protests are the very first seeds of anarchy. Do we need this in our country?

DAN SIEGEL, DACULA

Accord pullout would be irresponsible

If the U.S. were to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, it would do extreme damage to our country’s international reputation (“Trump advisers split …,” News, March 3). Our country forever would be known for breaking its word. As the second-highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, such action would be the height of irresponsibility. At a time when, by figures released by conservatives last month, 64 percent of Americans worry a great deal or a fair amount about climate change and 67 percent of Americans support a carbon tax with proceeds returned directly to them, including 54 percent of conservative Republicans, why would the White House want to go against the will of the people? If the Bannon wish for an Accord pullout were to prevail, he and his fellow dirty-fuel advocates will be judged harshly by history. But as one scientist has said, by then it will be too late.

DAVID GREENLAND, SANDY SPRINGS




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