On Race, Success & Barack Obama

Posted: March 01, 2010

RE THE letter from Lawanda Horton (Feb. 15, "Obama Held to Higher Standard"):

Of course it's the white person who makes more money than his black counterparts, but I do have a question. I'm not Jewish, but how were the Jewish people, after being persecuted by just about everybody, able to be successful in the tough world we live in? And what about the Koreans who came with nothing, but arise at 4 a.m. to load up their food stands by 6 a.m., and most don't go home until 7 p.m.?

Lenny Serlen, Audubon, N.J.

Lawanda Horton, I'm in total agreement with you concerning this country being so racist and bigoted toward President Obama.

George W. Bush ruined this country, and he was never held liable for it because he was a white man living in a white world. But Obama will come out on top because he has the Lord on his side.

If the people in this country would stop being so caught up in the color of a person's skin and follow the lead of the great Martin Luther King Jr. and judge a person by the content of his character, this world would be a better place to live in.

Lora Neal, Philadelphia

Many people voted for Barack Obama because they were sickened by a political establishment that brought them war, globalism and financial ruin. They wanted to believe that he'd speak for them because, as a black man, he couldn't possibly be part of that establishment.

But it should have been obvious even then that no one can become the candidate of either of the political parties representing the establishment unless he is himself a part of it.

So it was for Obama, who followed a different path but toward the same end, of power and personal aggrandizement, but at the expense of the country and its people.

It is the way of things and will ever remain so, until that republic established by our fathers under God is at last restored, by his will and for his purposes, as he would have it.

Daniel Mercer, Pennsauken, N.J.

Herb Magee, gentleman

Thanks to Dick Jerardi for a wonderful article on legendary Philadelphia University basketball coach Herb Magee. As a teen, I marveled at the Philadelphia Textile teams he brought to Wilkes-Barre to battle my alma mater, King's College, coached then by Ed Donohue. Keep winning, Coach Magee, you are a gentleman!

Matt Engel, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

A closed mind in dispute

Letter-writer Jim Taylor has a closed mind in the Carrol Shannon bike dispute at Bally's. He says, "The fact that she is a grandmother, as the headline blared, has nothing to do with this tale of belligerence, defiance and just plain crude behavior."

He was not there! Reading one side of the story and jumping to a conclusion is not the way normal people think. In the wake of all this police corruption, how can a person not think about the flip side of a story?

Sharon Pressley


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