With great interest, I began reading the Letter to the Editor in Thursday’s Virginian Review written by Mr. John Stec.
Although the length was a bit discouraging, I was impressed by the writer’s knowledge, vocabulary and passion — until he made it political. I almost stopped reading because I am not crazy about long-winded (sorry, John) political treatises.
I continued reading, and I am glad I did. After numerous allegations against Democrats, lots of ill-advised comments about abortion, and lengthy con-damnations against absentee black fathers, all interspersed with anti-Democratic sentiment and lots of numbers, percentages, etc, (dare I call them statistics?), Mr. Stec tells us to beware of statistics that are used to “prove” an endless succession of — and even uses the beloved Mark Twain to strengthen his position.
Really, John? It appeared to me your letter bombarded the reader with statistics.
There was another unrelated article in this same paper that quoted our 28th President, Woodrow Wilson, in a 1914 statement as saying, “There are no government positions for Negroes in the South. A Negro’s place is in the cornfield.”
Did I mention here that Wilson was a Democrat? Oh, no. Democrats are soft on minority issues, aren’t they?
Well, personally, I still like the old maxim, “Don’t judge me until you walk a mile in my shoes.” Mr. Stec, I truly appreciate the reams and volumes of research your article evidenced, and I admire your willingness to go on record with your beliefs.
I just wish you had taken a less political approach. After all, legislators of both parties down through the years have brought us to where we are today.
May God bless all of our leaders as they make decisions for our local, state and national citizens.
North Alleghany Ave., Covington
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