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With Deen’s apology, we need to move on PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

Racism is an awful reality of American life, past and present. In the eyes of the liberal media it is the sin du jour.

Witness the treatment given Paula Deen after she admitted using the N-word three decades ago. She has apologized profusely, but this does not satisfy her critics. They want the entire country to punish her economically and in any other way possible. Back in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, there were unfortunately millions of people using the derogatory term. We had black patients in our hospital clinics that used the N-word to describe relatives or acquaintances they didn’t like. Some black entertainers use the term today.

There is something far more damaging to the African-American community than a racial slur. It is the single-parent family — the best predictor of poverty. Tragically, 72% of black babies are born outside of wedlock. These children are more likely to become involved in crime, drug abuse, have difficulties in school and encounter a host of other problems.

There is a need for good role models in the black community. Where do we hear the outcry from the media when famous athletes and other public figures get young women pregnant outside of marriage, leaving single moms to raise children without fathers?

Perhaps there should be an economic boycott of famous men in the public eye that act so irresponsibly. Let’s pound them the way Matt Lauer and other liberals are punishing Paula Deen.

Racism becomes an issue in American political discourse. Liberals are very sensitive to criticisms of President Obama. They tend to react by playing the race card. News flash — critics of Obama do not have a problem with his race; they dislike his policies.

Similarly, black conservatives opposed the way the white President Carter led our nation and not because of his race. We are a divided country in need of reconciliation and forgiving attitudes.

For Biblical insight, we can turn to the eighth chapter of John’s gospel. The pharisees brought a woman caught in the act of adultery to Jesus. They knew the law prescribed stoning as punishment for this offense. But Jesus said that whoever was without sin should throw the first stone. Nobody responded. Jesus told the woman to go and sin no more. He forgave her and he commands us to forgive one another.

So when people do or say things that are dumb and hurtful, let us be more measured in our responses. If someone apologizes sincerely, we need to move on.

Certainly there are things too hurtful to allow reconciliation. But where possible, forgiveness is the right course to take and it is good for our health in the long run.

Warren Anderson, M.D.


Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:46 PM


-12 #55 2013-08-12 13:39
My declaration of "most" should have eluded to the fact that not all times does he offer compelling evidence. I did not say "always" or any form thereof. There are times I feel as though he goes too far using odd resources. But, he uses them to form his opinions, just as you do yours. He is entitled to those as are you. Whether they are flawed or not is none of our business because there is always a point / counterpoint to be had. Sometimes there exists a credible source behind a citing that are otherwise deemed as flawed.

But the general animosity apparent of you towards the conservative folks shows to me (and I am sure many others) that your version of debate is questionable. I do not see them as being extreme, but passionate. That is something that is lacking in this age, and it is something that should be nutured, not shut down.

I appreciate the apology and would like to see you contribute to these discussions in the future.
-28 #54 Frank Gabl 2013-08-09 17:45

I initially suggested that you continue participating here in spite of your decision to leave.

But after your latest comment addressed to G. Spurgeon, in which you went back to the same poisoned well and once again claimed that I had no compelling evidence pertaining to the IRS discriminatory practices, I must now agree with you that your initial decision to leave is best for all involved.

After all, if your mind is telling you to say such a thing even after the various additional articles that I posted proving you wrong, then you can't be trusted to participate in any type of debate, discussion or "compromise."

Good Luck,
Frank Gabl
-26 #53 Frank Gabl 2013-08-08 14:43
G. Spurgeon,

Genuine hugs.

PS. Please do not be amazed. You know exactly where I find the time; the same place you do when you have a passion for something.
+20 #52 Denny Erardi 2013-08-08 13:47
G. Spurgeon,

Whether or not you have respect for me is incidental to me. You say I twisted your words -- no, I didn't. I specifically cited two instances where Frank didn't have compelling evidence to support his positions. I'm sorry that you interpreted that as "twisting" your words. I understand your position regarding Frank and happen to disagree with it.

I don't hide my beliefs nor my opinions, and do my best not to throw stones. My approach is to attack positions, not people. In that regard, I'm not always able to succeed, and when I don't, I attempt to make it right. My inability to do that when "discussing" things with Frank and Tim is partially why I'm not planning to comment here anymore.

I did, however, want to address your specific remarks regarding me. To the extent that I misused your sentiments or twisted your words, I apologize.
-28 #51 Frank Gabl 2013-08-07 11:29
Denny, (Tim - you'll love this man's pep talk)


"Liberalism has nearly destroyed black America and now it's time for black America to return the favor."

What a great line from one of my newest heroes who is here to stay.

Listen up:
(scroll down to video)
-17 #50 2013-08-07 00:05
Loose lips sink ships. I now need to defend someone I do not particularly agree with, and go against someone I generally agree with. All because my words were taken incorrectly and twisted by a person I once had respect for.

My statement that Frank offers compelling evidence to support his opinions, is due to the number of citations he has used over the years in what could very well be hundreds of topics. Where he finds the time amazes me.

While not all are things I agree with, I can appreciate why he feels the way he does. I don't find him to make accusations any more than every other individual on here has, including you Denny. Living in that glass house of yours, I would suggest you put down the stones you try to hide while you throw.

So until am specifically addressed, my words are used again out of context, or the unlikely event I am inspired to comment again, I will end my participation here. Have a good evening.
-29 #49 Frank Gabl 2013-08-07 00:01

You will recall that long ago I offered a compromise on gun control legislation and received nothing more than a brutal thumbs-down consensus to an obvious commonsense solution.

And that commonsense solution was for those like you who were crying out to save 323 lives annually to accept an “assault weapons ban,” in exchange for a ban on “late-term abortion” which would save an annual average of 16,500 babies who never get the opportunity to cry out for any reason. Without the dreaded lurking variables we are still talking a 51-1 ratio.

The academic exercise and predictable result merely proved that the wishy-washy independents and moderates among us are really not interested in compromise, but rather, only talk and kumbaya, of which accomplishes nothing more than a false sense of how great they all are for engaging “in debating with people who are truly interested in constructive disagreement and seeking compromise.”

-27 #48 Frank Gabl 2013-08-06 19:05

Please reconsider because running away will not solve your propensity for letting your emotions control the reasoning that's so easily discredited.

And blaming me just now for what you perceive to be silliness and accusations is exactly what I'm talking about.

In fact, you, not me, are the one who has leveled several completely basless accusations against me, including everyone's favorite, race-baiting.

The only problem is that I am not what you accuse me of being which leaves me no option other than defending myself, which you can't handle.

Stay and try again and I won't bring any of this up unless pushed to.

+21 #47 Denny Erardi 2013-08-06 17:34
Frank and Tim,

I'm quite happy being done with responding to your inanities and accusations. I've already responded on another thread in a manner that doesn't make me proud of myself. So, I'm going to stop commenting here, and will be quite satisfied in debating with people who are truly interested in constructive disagreement and seeking compromise.
-29 #46 Frank Gabl 2013-08-06 12:52

For full effect - read last:

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