Racism? How silly.
By Peter Bolling
August 27, 2007
Long into Tom Ferry's harangue with regard to the jewelry store
petition the silly, tired, and dishonorable charge of "racism"
is levied at the sponsors of the petition, and thereby, at the
more than 500 local residents who signed the petitions. I, for
one, am tired of the attempt by people like Ferry, Skinner, and
others who oppose the petition to frame community planning as
racism. Such charges are beneath contempt and seek only to distract
local voters from the issue: should the community limit the
density of jewelry stores.
Charlie Arteaga and Charlene
Dima, two long-time residents of Hispanic origin, are hardly
the poster children for racism. The invective is absurd and
shameful. I hope that local residents, whether they support
the goals of the petition sponsors or are not in favor of restricting
the density of jewelry stores, will soundly and publicly reject
both the disreputable charges of racism and those who levy them.
Let's argue the issue on its
social and economic merits.
Received August 27, 2007 -
Published August 27, 2007
About: "48 year local
who had Charlie Arteaga as a teacher and doesn't begrudge him
and the death of Newtown By Tom Ferry - Ketchikan, AK
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