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It's time to throw away the race card

The audacity of hops | July 31, story

Time to throw away the race card

Our president stated that this meeting over a beer would be a teachable moment for us all. In a sense, to me he was right. I learned that the "race card" has been so overplayed as to leave it without any value. This is obvious by virtue of the fact that we now have a black president. He could not have been elected without a preponderance of "white" voters.

This exercise was merely a way to distract us from his gross misstep of calling the Cambridge, Mass., police "stupid," which is a glaring example of his ineptness. Both he and professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. needed to apologize to Sgt. James Cromwell, as he was doing his job and nothing more.

It has become clear after all the reporting that the only people doing the profiling were Gates and the president, something that is intolerable in the chief executive.

Throw the race card away. We the people are tired of every minority using it to scream foul every time a minority is in trouble with the authorities. We are now and forever equal. Play by the rules of law and quit trying to evade consequences.

Mike Stansbury, Brooksville

The peacemaker

What a great example to show the American people and the world that a president is just one of us. For the people and by the people is the message. No citizen is better or worse than the president of the United States.

When our president can make the effort to bring peace and harmony to two men or sit with world leaders to avoid destruction of our planet, it makes me feel proud to be an American.

Whether it's two men or 200,000, the thinking and the cause are the same: bringing peace and goodwill to all.

Bill Coleman, Dunedin

No debunking "birthers" | July 31, story

Why give attention where it's not due?

I expect to open the newspaper any day and find the headline "The moon is made of green cheese." For what reason is the Times featuring on its front page a story of no value about an issue that has been thoroughly discredited?

Our president was born in the United States (Hawaii) and there is no evidence to the contrary. The reason the birthers (they even have a name now!) "have muscled their way onto the national stage" is that media, such as this newspaper, have put them there.

When we have so many real issues of enormous importance, such as the wars, the economy, health care and the environment, it is disgraceful that a serious newspaper has given a huge front page headline to such an absurd claim.

Judy Moore, Lutz

No debunking "birthers" | July 31, story

Give us useful information

The debate about President Barack Obama's birth certificate is playing out exactly the way it is intended to. It is focusing our attention on an issue that has been proven to the satisfaction of the majority by taking time and space away from reporting on real issues.

Instead of worrying about what Lou Dobbs and others are doing to inflame the "debate," write about how locals are dealing with their health needs in this economy. Tell us who here has actually benefitted from stimulus funds, and what we can do to get banks to renegotiate mortgages when they refuse to do so.

Just because someone says something over and over does not make it newsworthy. But if it is truly newsworthy, dig deep and give us a full story.

Willi Rudowsky, St. Petersburg

No debunking "birthers" | July 31, story

Just incredible

So these folks believe that all during the presidential campaign, John McCain's supporters, the most powerful Republicans in the country, never looked into this issue, which would have guaranteed him the presidency.

And George W. Bush, Republican president, anxious for a Republican successor, with the entire Justice Department at his disposal, never had anyone verify that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Hard to believe.

Steve Harden, Holiday

Cheney's defense of the indefensible July 26, Robyn Blumner column

Count the attacks

Much as I'm willing to agree with Robyn Blumner that Dick Cheney is mainly blustering to save face about the extreme interrogation methods used to prevent another 9/11 terrorist attack, the fact is that another such attack did not occur.

Given the massive death and destruction caused by the 9/11 attack (New York skyscrapers and a large part of the Pentagon), it is little wonder that our initial reaction was excessive.

This was not an attack by another country but by a secret terrorist organization. To prevent another attack required rapid capture and perhaps overly harsh methods of interrogation.

Doesn't the fact that another such attack did not occur justify these methods, even if we wish to stop them now that we have more time to deal with the threat?

W.H. Riddell, Tampa

Cheney's defense of the indefensible July 26, Robyn Blumner column

Living in the past

Finally, someone agrees with me on Dick Cheney.

He was the puppet master who could stay in the background as he instituted his unconscionable plans. He is a very fearful man, especially of military threats, and thinks he did a wonderful job, thinks he's a true American. Too bad this guy never was in any branch of the U.S. military. Then he would really know what it is to be a true American.

But I think he was best at one thing: propaganda.

He is still living in the communist age, and thinks the world still runs the way it did in 1975. I can't wait for the book he is going to write. That will be really insightful.

James Demmy, Kenneth City

Hard times, hard stories | July 29, Connie Schultz column

Required reading

Every time I read about another newspaper going under I shudder. Yes, I have a computer and, yes, I use it. But what would I do without my morning newspaper (the St. Petersburg Times) and cup of coffee with the written word? Let it continue. I say: Hooray for print journalists.

Ruth Kline, Tampa

It's time to throw away the race card 08/01/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 2, 2009 4:56am]

    

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