May 15, 2007

The News Journal: Trying to make a point -- or just short of reader letters?

A letter to the editor from today's News Journal:

Recently, I thoughtlessly cut off another motorist while driving. He glared angrily as he passed beside me. I placed my hands together prayerfully and mouthed, "I'm sorry." He nodded in acceptance. My apology made me feel better, and I'm sure the other driver felt less anger at my carelessness.

It is incomprehensible to me that our state Legislature would balk at an apology for slavery and segregation. An inconsiderate act while driving is but a minute grain of sand compared to the mountainous degradation of human bondage and legalized segregation.

Can we not agree at this point in time that slavery was wrong?

Judy C. Fisher, Middletown

I recalled seeing a very similar letter fairly recently in the paper, so I searched the online version under Ms. Fisher's name. Lo and behold, here's a letter from her dated a mere week ago, May 8:

Recently, I thoughtlessly cut off another motorist while driving. He glared angrily as he passed beside me. I placed my hands together prayerfully and mouthed, "I'm sorry." He nodded in acceptance. My apology made me feel better, and I'm sure the other driver felt less anger at my carelessness.

It is incomprehensible to me that our state legislature would balk at an apology for slavery and segregation. An inconsiderate act while driving is but a minute grain of sand compared to the mountainous degradation of human bondage and legalized segregation.

Can we not agree at this point in time that slavery was wrong?

Judy C. Fisher, Middletown

Since we know how race obsessed the Journal is, is this a deliberate attempt to "sway" whatever debate there is on Delaware officially apologizing for slavery by making it appear that Journal readers are demanding such -- by recycling letters only a week old? Or, is this just editorial sloppiness (y'know, the 'ol Sandy Berger "defense" for how he stuffed National Archive documents down his socks -- "sloppiness")?

Knowing the News Journal, it's easy to believe either one equally.

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They were trying to make a point. I usually submit a letter once every month or so with. Out of a dozen or so opinions, only one or two have been rejected or ignored. I submitted one last week regarding the idiotic Delaware Commentary piece on gun control. They called to confirm it and said it would be printed within the next few days, but it never made it to print. There is a small chance it may still be printed, but it seems more likely that one of the higher ups on the editorial board didn't like what i said. So, I know for a fact they are not lacking submissions. Similarly, I have had an opinion edited to a ridiculously short length devoid of its original meaning on the same day that they chose to rerun an opinion criticizing the president. Seems lame to me.

Posted by: Ben Cosby at May 15, 2007 04:19 PM

Exactly how is the current legislature responsible for slavery and segregation?

Posted by: Doug Purdie at May 15, 2007 06:41 PM