Letters to the Editor

Bad headline

October 4, 2008


To the editor:

Recently, I sent a letter to this newspaper setting forth an imaginary dialogue among our congressional delegation in which I likened them to a voluntary fire brigade. I was surprised (and disappointed) when the letter was published with the title "Chinese fire drill?" I wish to go on record as objecting to this headline on two grounds. First, I consider that phrase to be denigrating to the point of being an ethnic slur, and it is not part of my vernacular. Second, if required to choose between a fire brigade composed of the Chinese-Americans I know and our congressional delegation, I would without hesitation choose the former.

Thank you for this opportunity to set the record straight.

Jeff Southard,


classclown 7 years, 1 month ago

Chinese fire drill an ethnic slur? Really?Does that make Chinese checkers an ethnic slur as well? How about Russian roulette?

KayCee 7 years, 1 month ago

At least we know it wasn't your idea for a headline. The LJW changed it, but that didn't change the content, which was silly.

Jason Bailey 7 years, 1 month ago

Yes, Jeff, everything is about you. Thank goodness you "set the record straight" with yet another useless letter to the editor. I was at a meeting late the other night after your first letter with the "ethnic slur" headline; we all had torches and were whipping up the mass of angry people into a hysteria akin to the witchhunts of the 1600s. Good thing you set us all straight. Now we can disband the "Go get Jeff Southard mob".I believe any sane, logical person would know that headlines are set at the discretion of the Editors. I doubt anyone sends in a LTE with the text, "Editors, please headline my letter 'XXXX'".

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