Friday, January 20, 2006

real letters from real people

Letters to the editor, Knoxville News Sentinel, 1/20/06

Voting adults can make their decisions

Greg Johnson's column criticizing Harold Ford Jr. sounded just like the childish whispers heard on the playground: "Did you hear that so-and-so's mother/cousin/uncle is divorced/bankrupt/in jail?"

These juicy tidbits may succeed in preventing some children from becoming prom king, but surely they will not affect the success of a well-qualified candidate elected by adults.

Of course, the crimes listed later in the column were actually committed by Harold Ford Jr. himself. For one, he dared to leave the state of Tennessee for his education. Horrors! One of his degrees is even from (gasp!) an Ivy League school.

Obviously, this should disqualify him from continuing to serve his home state. His other crimes, such as representing a scary urban district (Memphis), associating with the likes of Bill Clinton in New York City and being a Democrat may offend some, but thankfully, most Tennesseans are more mature and open-minded than Johnson.

I think they can handle it.

Linden Craig

Political debate should focus on the issues

The trouble with imaginary conversations is they never happened, so I hope Greg Johnson will have a real conversation with U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. during the campaign.

Johnson, when you have a real conversation with the congressman, ask him about his family, ask him how he relates to rural and suburban voters, ask him how he connects with average Tennesseans, but goodness gracious, let's debate about real issues and not some figment of your imagination.

Bill Young