Sunday, November 14, 2004

Here is a letter I submitted Saturday to the Journal Sentinel:

Mark Belling used an insulting word. Worse still, he was insincere when he apologized. Therefore, according to his opponents, Belling must be silenced. Am I the only one who finds this whole melodrama ridiculous?

Apparently not. Belling's political opponents, including virtually all Milwaukee city and county government officials, and even Senator Russ Feingold, have all come out to formally condemn the belligerent radio talker.

What do all these people share in common? All have been regularly and caustically ridiculed on Belling's show. All are also Democrats or lean left politically. And all, I would guess, would like nothing better than to see the "Late Afternoon Show" sapped from the airwaves, whatever the reason.

While Milwaukee schools are failing, the crime rate continuing at an unacceptable level, and jobs flooding out of the state, these politicians can somehow still find the time to condemn Belling.

Which raises one very important question: Who is more offensive, someone who merely rants and raves about all sorts of issues, using an unacceptable racial epithet in tow, or the government officials who can actually do something about these issues, but instead spend their time condemning the inappropriate words used by the person raising them?

You be the judge.

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