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Erosia (letters to the editor) for 4-9-08

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.One On OneAttn: Ricky L. Jones: Ricky, racism is not dead (as discussed in your March 26 LEO column). It’s in vestiges of institutional barriers African-Americans face; in bright students who come to the university under-prepared, the public schools having failed them; in the disproportionality of white wealth, often linked to the failure of the banks after WWII to provide loans to AAs to buy homes, the principal centerpiece of wealth. It’s in the subtle comments of friends and associates. And I know my own heart from a lifetime of conditioning that requires constant vigilance. Yet, I think Obama reaches a lot of people when he describes race weariness. Public push-back is growing.As race gets isolated as the most important social barrier, many now talk about that weariness. Some describe their Appalachian poor upbringing, their out-of-wedlock births or being raised by a single mom. They want to point out that their struggles have value and merit attention also, but are minimized in discussions that privilege race. Most whites I know keep their racism in check. And many struggle to be fair in their dealings with people. In a recent class, I noted for students that we always talk about populations and trends, but in the real world, we meet people as individuals. The more we meet people in close encounters, the more barriers fall. We have to get to know each other as brothers/sisters, setting aside rhetoric and political debates that blame. I am not talking about Kumbaya sessions, but face-to-face encounters that open us up to greater understanding. Maybe Obama was right when he mentioned the “typical white person,” but perhaps the allusion wasn’t to our racism, but to a humanity that just wants to live in peace and have a share of the dream. One on one, most of us are willing to share.Terry L. Singer, LouisvilleCrissCrossedAttn: Mr. Bob Moore:A belief in the cross and the Bible is not the measure of a person’s moral compass and ethical standards. I’m sure you’re a good and honorable man, but there are many more good and honorable people in this country who don’t happen to share your religious beliefs and yet still deserve a good president. I’m truly sorry that you apparently can’t recognize that fact.Beth Jones, Louisville

Erosia (Letters to the Editor) for 4-2-08

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Honest WorksDoug Hawkins’ photo gives the visual to the schmuck he is described as in the article — smug, pompous and the ugly thing that gives good politicians a bad name (regarding the LEO news story “Credit where credit’s due,” March 26). Vicki Aubrey Welch looks like a hard-working person who wants her community to thrive, and being a nurse, she understands that healthy people make a healthy community. I think the politicians who do honest hard work to get things the community needs done and taken care of deserve to be recognized for the effort to get progression moving. Hawkins is trying to advance his political career; it’s obvious with his track record. He will do what he wants to get what he wants. Mrs. Welch, you go girl! Everyone at any job should receive credit for honest effort and hard work when trying to make things better for the common good of the environment in which they work and live. Tiffy Lafferty, LouisvilleChanges and QuestionsAttn: Ricky L. Jones:Only those who are unwilling to listen carefully to what Obama said are the ones still questioning why he never left the church. Obama rejected Wright’s divisive comments in his speech. But he also explained why he did not leave the church. He said that he could no more disown his pastor than he could the black community, or his white grandmother. His point being that he does not share the prejudiced views of Wright or his grandmother, he condemns them.

Erosia for 3-26

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia for 3-19-08

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia (Letters to the Editor) for 3-12-08

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia (Letters to the Editor) for 3-05-08

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Stepping UpAfter calling Outback Concerts and sending the letter to LEO in regards to the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss show, they responded by adding another date here in Louisville. They are (had) a pre-sale open only to people living in the Louisville area. I would like to commend them on actually taking my complaint to heart and doing something about it.McKinley R. Moore, LouisvilleFired Up, IndeedIn response to Rep. Kathy Stein’s comments regarding the campus gun bill (LEO, Jan. 30), I would just like my fellow citizens to note how this is really the epitome of this government in a nutshell. Stating, “The General Assembly doesn’t need to get into the business of safety management,” she is absolutely correct. However, this does demonstrate the fact that the government is under no obligation to protect us. Governmental security forces, be them local police, the Army, Navy or Marines, are put in place in order to protect the state itself, while it remains the bureaucracy’s job to decide what the best way for you to live your life would be. I urge everyone to stand up for your rights and arm yourselves before the nanny state decides you’re really in no position to defend yourself from violence.In the same issue, while Ricky Jones goes about touting the wonders of John Edwards as the candidate for change, I feel he has been grossly ill-advised. Especially seeing that (Edwards) has since dropped out of the race. I encourage anyone who feels they are pretty good at making decisions on how to run their lives to take a look at the Ron Paul campaign. Liberty-minded values are truly a change from our current socialist predicament. Edwards and the handful of like-minded, power-hungry Democrats and Republicans getting all the media attention are essentially the same product, just less limelight. Jones had it right in his column, saying, “If you really want change, the best chance for it this time ... is a white man.” He was only incorrect in referring to Edwards as that man. Ron Paul is the only candidate for true, liberty-minded, constitutional-based freedom — a real change.Jimmy Flahetry, Louisville

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.CorrectionsIn last week’s Literary LEO, the name of poet Richard Boada, who wrote the third-place poem “Avocet Coup,” was misspelled. LEO apologizes to Mr. Boada.