Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 10, 2008

Teach kids early about racial tolerance

Recently, I observed a group of adolescents bully a "special needs" child because of her race. The child probably didn't understand why she was being fussed at.

It is instances like that where simple miscommunication can escalate a problem to an epidemic. In this case, the group of children had thought the girl had called one of their own a racial slur. The group of children didn't realize they were beyond immature, acting like a pack of dogs that has safety in numbers. I'm not trying to say that all children are "meanies" but if anti-discrimination education were to be implemented a lot earlier than a middle school English class Black History Month project, then maybe, just maybe, it would affect the would-be "racists" and sensitize them to make sure that when they're older they are mature and humane.

That behavior, when the products of the untouchables in society get off on watching others suffer, shows me that some people just don't want to move on, and they guarantee it by implementing the same arrogant elitism into their children. Maybe I'm mistaken, and it's just the violence and the thousands of fictitious deaths our youth are exposed to that should be blamed. Maybe it's the socioeconomic status of some of these imbeciles that should be blamed instead. Or maybe it's just the parents who rely on Cartoon Network to raise their children unmotivated and misdirected.

It's a possibility that Michael Vick was a product of a misdirected childhood. Vick had everything going for him. A professional contract, the cars, the money, but it just wasn't good enough for him. He valued his sadistic and cruel pleasures much more than he valued his career and, ultimately, his life. He might play in the NFL again, after a seven-year hiatus, when his blemished reputation is all but forgotten, and when Don Imus returns to radio just to be taken out of context once more.

I condemn the actions of those children preying on that child. She didn't have a choice in what she's become, just as the group of imbeciles didn't have a choice in being raised like they were ignorant to racial coexistence.

Jeffery Donahue


Headline was inaccurate

Once again, The Herald's blatant attempt to besmirch Chester County goes noticed by this reader.

The top headline of last Wednesday's front-page touts, "Former Chester teacher faces sex charges." When I saw the headline, I thought, "Omigosh!" I then read that the teacher in the story taught biology in Chester over 15 years ago and, since then, coached basketball at Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill and taught biology in Charlotte. Upon that realization, I yelled something more dramatic than "omigosh!"

Why The Herald's staff made Chester relevant enough to claim top billing rights in this negative story is another reckless attempt to compete with The News & Reporter, Chester County's local newspaper, which comes out each Wednesday and Friday.

If a local connection was to be made with the alleged offender, then why not print "Former Clinton Junior College basketball coach faces sex charges" or "Former local teacher and coach faces sex charges." Chester's connection to this man was too far back in the past to be so prevalent.

The aggressive media war between The Herald and The News & Reporter is well-known to the readers in Chester County and both publications continue to create undeserving slanderous press at the risk of damaging Chester area businesses, citizens and economic development projects.

In conclusion, to the editors and reporters of The Herald and The News & Reporter -- knock it off!

Liz Odum


Tancredo left out of coverage again

I last wrote you last month complaining because presidential candidate Tom Tancredo had been omitted from the AP story about the Iowa Straw Poll. Now he was completely omitted from the AP story regarding the Republican debate in New Hampshire.

Of the eight participants in that debate, all of the other seven candidates got their names in the story. Only Rep. Tancredo was excluded. I feel this constitutes deliberate discrimination. It is un-American and unethical. How can Tancredo run for president if he cannot obtain any publicity from the media?

He is being treated by the political establishment in the U.S. exactly the same way as Vladimir Putin has treated his political opponents in Russia. Tancredo's campaign against amnesty for illegal immigrants and secure boarders is exactly what the majority of Americans want. Something stinks at the AP, and it smells of censorship.

William G. Carter Clover