Letters To The Editor

Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 1:00am

Williams' article needs pardoning


I would like to respond to the June 6 opinion piece by Walter Williams titled, "White people should deem themselves now pardoned" (p. 2). I am really curious as to what he believes white people have done to deem themselves pardonable.

The last time I checked, there had been no formal apology from the U.S. government for the horrors inflicted upon the Africans forced to come to this country, nor to the thousands of African Americans subsequently born and raised here in squalor and forced to work for no wages. Considering the fact the majority of our government has been led by white people - and, in fact, it was white people who profited from the free labor - I would say an official apology is due.

Until an apology comes and some attempt is made to repair the wounds of such a terrible time in our history, I suggest for Williams to keep his pardons to himself.



O'Reilly should investigate story


A little investigative journalism might give Bill O'Reilly the answers to his own questions - answers that white, Jewish, American Indian, Asian, Arabic or Latino Americans aren't allowed to voice under the severe pressure of "political correctness" (May 16, "All-white prom night takes away from 'United' States," p. 2).

Let's be honest. It's not just white people that exclude blacks from their midst. I challenge O'Reilly to research and then print his observations - if he's brave enough! I challenge him to go to an all-black or mixed nighttime event somewhere in the South. The kids attending must be college-age or younger. O'Reilly must bring only his date, and no fair hiding behind his name or fame. He should go just as a guy and his girl would go to the prom.

I challenge O'Reilly to stay at this event five or six hours - the length of time a prom might be in full swing. I challenge him to report honestly about the behavior of the black kids attending this event. Do they behave just like white kids? O'Reilly should listen carefully, observe what goes on, and ask them questions if he feels comfortable enough.

I challenge O'Reilly to report honestly how he and his date feel in this situation. They should be able to feel safe, comfortable, joyful, and as excited to be there as they might have during their own prom night.

I know what my own experiences have been, and I have a pretty good idea of what O'Reilly will find out. I'm not any kind of extremist. I'm a married, middle-aged, working-class mom with two grown sons. I'm just sick to death of hearing the "pronouncements from on high" of how the poor little black person is discriminated against.

O'Reilly should take a close look, if he has the guts. He should look from street-level like I have and say if he sees what white middle-class America sees and deals with every day. Then he can report the real story.



Suspend Sosa for 10 games


Now, Sammy, hold out your arm and let us slap your wrist. Now, go kiss your two fingers, thump your chest, point to the sky, and go play nice.

In essence, that's exactly what Major League Baseball is doing to Sammy Sosa. By leveling an eight-game suspension, which is under appeal, Sosa was allowed to play in the big series this past weekend against the Yankees.

In my opinion, Sosa should have been slapped with no less than a 10-game suspension effective immediately, along with a $50,000 fine. I mean, where is the punishment here? It's practically nonexistent. I know he has the right to appeal, but the man was caught red-handed. If he would just take his punishment like a man and be done with it, he might not lose quite as many fans.

As usual, the message being sent is: "If you cheat, it's OK. Just try not to get caught again. Play ball!"



Patriot Act gives something to fear


Joseph Perkins makes a very valid point in his commentary "Democrats disingenuous about the USA Patriot Act" (June 5, p. 2) in that Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), John Edwards (D-N.C.) and Bob Graham (D-Fla.) did all vote for the Patriot Act they now condemn. I'm glad to know Perkins has never done anything he later regrets.

As for "unfounded fears," I'm not so sure that is an accurate statement. I have read the entire USA Patriot Act, and without anyone "interpreting" it for me I found several things of which to be afraid.

As someone who works for the public library system, I can tell you we are taking this quite seriously at least. Any act that infringes on a person's right to read books of all types without fear or recrimination certainly does trample upon an American's civil rights. Even if the act has not been used in any dangerous manner yet, the broad language certainly gives the government a lot of power. And I thought Republicans were for smaller government.



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