Reading Alan Cheah’s Dec. 18 opinion piece (”Fifty shades of racism”) incensed me. I have no desire to debate his writings, which I could do space permitting. I will remark that his statement “In our own families, we all have something we just don't talk about for various reasons ..." is an incorrect conclusion for many families.
I am a first generation American whose Scottish immigrant family came to California in early 1920. Call us unique, I grew up never once hearing of prejudice (my mother was from the South). We are a Christian family whose values were established upon that basis - we also didn’t have topics that we “didn’t talk about.”
I was raised to be grateful, appreciate this great country and the values of my grandparents and daddy. Teaching us that we owed this country our best and our work ethic, integrity, honesty, and future depended upon us and no one else.
We had a responsibility and we met it. With that came great respect for all people no matter where they came from, their religious beliefs, their race or their backgrounds. We were taught not to judge others ... lest we be judged.
In my 32 year career I went from a line employee to an executive position in a short period of time and one in which women weren’t promoted. I worked along side all ethnic groups and never thought I was better than anyone and I appreciated those who gave me opportunities in a man’s world.
Today, racism is a disease that is perpetuated by people like Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and Jeremiah Wright with their agenda’s under the guise of religious leaders.
We have a black president and entourage who had the opportunity to bring this country together stronger than ever and have failed miserably with the racial divide the worst it has been in many, many years.
Mr. Cheah’s armchair quarterbacking of the Michael Brown case furthers the divide. Officer Wilson was following protocol responding to the call. It is irresponsible on your part to perpetuate an opinion that continues injustice accusations of racism. Until you send your son or daughter off to work to “Protect and Serve” you have no idea what they are called upon to do each day and should get all the facts before you point fingers. Your opinion is flawed - you are entitled to it, but it certainly doesn’t mean it is correct.
Sandee Connolly, Raymond.
Taxpayers foot the bill
I am very concerned and curious. Why are there no consequences for a 15-year-old that reportedly set 13 fires? No homes burned, no one was hurt, but 13 times a full wildland fire response was sent to each incident, putting firefighters, the public and expensive equipment at risk.
Each time one of these incidents occurred, the taxpayers had to foot the hefty bill. While attending and leading classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, MD, I learned just how serious of a danger juvenile fire setters are to the public. Juvenile fire setters are likely to be repeat offenders, and often suffer psychological issues.
If one of my grandchildren intentionally set a fire, they would face severe consequences from both their parents and grandparents. But, would the authorities give my grandchildren the same break that the juvenile that set 13 fires in our community received? How many times can you say “No no no, bad boy” before real actions are taken? Where were this boy’s parents during this unsupervised nightmare?
Knowing where your kids are is hard work, but very necessary. Many people are coconcerned about this and want answers. Doesn’t the taxpaying public deserve a just answer?
Pat Johnson, Bass Lake