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August 29, 2008

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SUSAN L.RUDNICK

DEAR CONNOR:YOU ARE QUITE THE YOUNG LADY AND I APPLAUDE YOUR HONESTY AND INTEGRITY!YOUR PARENTS HAVE GIVEN YOU A WONDERFUL GIFT; TO BE ABLE TO SEE PEOPLE @ FACE VALUE IS TRULY COMMENDABLE!I KNOW WE WILL BE HEARING GREAT THINGS ABOUT YOU IN THE FUTURE.CAROL : YOU GO GIRL TOO!!!! SINCERELY SUSAN L.RUDNICK OF AMITYVILLE.P.S.THE PERSON WHO COMMENTED IN REGARD TO BARACK OBAHMA DOESNT GET IT.I FEEL SORRY FOR THAT PERSON.

John

So...Is there any chance that News 12 can be on the forefront of NOT making a big deal about someone being the First Whatever-American to do something?

I'm all for celebrating and maintaining cultures of ancestors, and I'm not a believer in the "Melting Pot" that tries to stop it. But those stories always ring as patronizing in my ears. Like Governor Patterson (to pick a random recent example who isn't Obama) is somehow more a novelty than a person, or a gimmick more than someone filling an important position.

Disclaimer: I'm white. I will admit that, perhaps, seeing Obama as a Presidential candidate might remind black people that a career in politics is open to them. I don't understand that, but I've heard it from enough ethnic groups that I take it as a given.

But I also believe that harping on it as the media does makes it seem much more the exception than something that's supposed to be ordinary.

I seem to recall that, a few years back, many news shows got on a kick where race could never, ever be mentioned in relation to a crime. So we were to be "on the lookout" for a kid in jeans and a sweatshirt, because editors were terrified of mentioning that THAT specific kid was black, Hispanic, white, purple, or whatever. News 12 was one of the few stations where I don't remember seeing that silliness, and I applaud that as highly progressive to realize the difference between racism and description. If I need to recognize someone, I need to know if he or she is fat, blonde, Asian, or whatever else might be distinctive.

But I already know which one Obama is. I can also identify McCain, Palin, and most of the other major players. I might like to hear about their policies on, say, the economy or executive power, because that might help a decision.

For anybody who reads these comments and has some authority, let's see News 12 take that next step, challenge the status quo in the media, and stop treating successful persons of color as some sort of curiousity, newsworthy merely because of skin color. Add gender and religion to the list, too.

tommy

BTW, congratulations to you and your husband on raising a daughter who sees people, not skin. Tell her for me I'm glad there are kids like her. Go, Connor!

tommy

Connor nailed it right between the eyes, Carol. Who cares if he's black? Living in the 'Danch, it's amusing to hear the debate as to whether he's "black enough". Nobody seems interested in the fact that he has done nothing in his public life, has nothing to point to that he can say "I did this.", has zero executive experience and wants to go hat in hand to the people who want us dead and ask them to please be nice. Likewise, I don't care that the Gov. of Alaska is a woman. It doesn't matter. How has she been as the chief executive of a state thgat is I belive a quarter the size of the whole rest of the country? The city of Anchorage is larger than the state of Delaware. Her state shares hundreds of miles of border with Russia, whose dictator has revealed himself to be enimical to the U.S. Your daughter's right. Like her, I don't care what the DNA of the president is. Is he or she going to keep my family safe, do what's right and moral and do the best that can be done to keep us prosperous? The one who can meet those requirements has my vote.

ree

I really never commented on your blog either, but this was a good one. Your daughter is right. Obama and McCain are just people. Obama's color and Sen. McCain's age should not come into play. I am going to vote for the person who I think can do the job not color,age or Dem. or Rep. There has been enough name calling between both parties. You have a very smart daughter and should be very proud of her. You did a good job!!!!!

Archie Bunker

I've never commented on your Blog's Carol...but I hope for Barak Obama's sake he loses the election. Keep in mind that if he wins tax laws will be changed in this country...so if you want to take that house in Syosset or Bayville that was left to you 30 years ago by you're grandmother and sell it---well guess what--you're gonna pay twice as much in Capital Gains Taxes...The government has alrady gotten $362,426.25 from me since I started working in 1983...and quite frankly I don't want to give them anymore...Do you realize if I had half that money back I could go pay cash for a Ferrari tomorrow...I don't see what I got for the money I've given them---accept for the electricity used to pay to run traffic lights and I've been paying since 1988 to support the LVHS system and educate other peoples children. I wouldn't be surprised if the doctor I paid $350 in cash to Tuesday to remove a few moles from my body might just be one of the 3000 kids me and everyone else have put thru that school system in the last 20 years...I wonder of all the people who work for Obama...how many are really happy and believe he can fix up this country...and how many are doing it for the paycheck.

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