Ellen Johnson: Obama photo

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To the editor:

I am asking you a simple question: Why was President-elect Obama's picture placed on the last page of the newspaper the day after he was elected?

It reminded me of when our black brothers and sisters had to sit in the back of the bus so many years ago, because they were black.

It was a sad reality to see the paper after the joy of great unity the night before.

Obama is right in the eyes of God. There should be no black America or white America, or Asian America or Latino American, but only the United States of America.

Fear is an awful thing. As a people it makes us do awful things.

Ellen Johnson

Craig

Editor's Note:The Craig Daily Press is a local, community newspaper. We chose to lead with a local photo over a national photo on the day after the election.

Comments

50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

if there is no black, white, asian or latino america why were you offended? little bit of guilt going on?

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rhammel 6 years, 1 month ago

To me, 50 cal, this was an observation. I have to agree that the President-elect's photo should have been on the front page. After all, he is going to be the 44th President of the United States of America. That includes Craig, Moffat County, Colorado. By protocol his photo should have been on the front page. The Daily Press blew it.

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Lawspecialist 6 years, 1 month ago

Agreed, his picture should have been on the front page. Clearly unethical upon the paper's part. The definition of ethics applies here upon the decision made by whomever is responsible for his picture placed on the back page of the paper. Define ethical? >> "Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong" The action of the press blatently displays the opinion, expressions and lack of respect on their behalf.

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jeff corriveau 6 years, 1 month ago

Typical for Ellen: whining and crying! All you have to do is check the vote totals from last week. Over 70% for McCain and less than 30% for Obama. This would lead me to believe that the vast majority of people in Moffat County, which is served by the Daily Press, couldn't give a rip if they ever see a picture of B. Hussein Obama again. It has nothing to do with race and everything to do with politics and philospies.

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als362 6 years, 1 month ago

His picture should be on the back page on not in print at all.

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Isis 6 years, 1 month ago

It's a simple matter of respect and the Daily Press "biffed" this one for sure. He is our president elect and should be afforded the respect and dignity of a gentleman taking on the huge responsibility of this office.

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

lets see this is a mainly conservative community with a mostly conservative paper. that being said if you want to see his face on the front page of the paper go get the new york times, it was there. when liberal papers were trashing every conservative I didn't hear you crying so don't start now. I don't give respect until its earned. I have heard enough about lets come together now that we have the 44th president. how many liberals said that about bush? go be a closet racist somewhere else!

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lonelyone 6 years, 1 month ago

WOW! Looks like someone openned a can of worms here!! ;o}

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rhammel 6 years, 1 month ago

I am an American. It matters not who won the election, McCain or Obama. Whoever had won would have gained my respect, no matter which party affiliation. As it turned out, Obama won. Now it is time to be an American and show OUR president some respect. If you can't do that, go somewhere where it doesn't matter.

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jeff corriveau 6 years, 1 month ago

Gem: Why should we give you ANY credibility when you can't even spell the name of the man you voted for for president? Check the record: He is clearly against gun ownership, use of fossil fuels and clearly FOR more government and taxes. Very possibly it is you who just listened to the dribble and didn't do your homework.

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

I've been lots of places where it doesn't matter and I will voice my opinion all I want and as I've told you before when you feel big enough to throw me out just give it a try Rommel. your real big on throwing people out if they disagree huh? your not an American your a communist. little left wing California card carrying socialist who isn't even a native to Colorado. if you want all your socialist crap go back to California tie yourself to a redwood so i can spread honey on you and watch the ants eat your butt like nature intended. Now its time to be an American huh? the last eight years were not a time to be an American? but because your guy won its time now?

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Isis 6 years, 1 month ago

Wow 50cal - sorry to see you are not feeling well. I hope you recover soon.

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

feel great thanks Isis, just ready for the fight that I know is coming when the power grab comes. Lucky for me I do have other places to go.

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Wapitipoker 6 years, 1 month ago

-hey silentman, why do you only refer to our president using his first initial and full middle name if you really aren't a bigot?

I left Moffat county and I'm glad; if that's the kind of respect a bright, honest, and visionary man who deserves better gets from the paper and the "community". It's not like he's let us all down and lost our respect like our current President. At least I'll bet you gave him a chance, but then he has a nice "American" name and is comfortable to your narrow-minded world.

Thank God the rest of the country has vision and didn't buy into the McCain attacks and diversions that work on the far right who apparently like to live in a world of fear and loathing.

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jeff corriveau 6 years, 1 month ago

I guess we'll see what your "honest and visionary man" looks like down the road. Was he really truthful about taxes; William Ayers and Jerimiah Wright and his support for the 2nd Amendment? Was Obama truthful when he said he would set down, "with no preconditions" with the same people who have professed their hatred for this country? Respect has to be earned. John McCain earned my respect by serving this country honorably and with dignity. George Bush earned my respect by keeping this country, and each and every one of us, free from another terrorist attack. Barack Obama, (there, feel better now?) will get my respect if, and when, he EARNS it! By the way, please take historical note that John McCain went out of his way to be fair and honorable in the campaign. Even ordering his campaign and supporters to stop certain actions that he thought were wrong. Even through all of this you and I have found some common ground: I'm glad you left Moffat County too.

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lonelyone 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh My Gosh! If this is the way we treat one another over the new President and what he may or may not do, then we will never be able to stand together in a time of need. I am greatly saddened by the anger that is coming from some of these posts and it doesn't matter which side you are for, there are some harsh words being thrown out.

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DV8 6 years, 1 month ago

It wasn't the Liberals who schooled me to dislike and distrust the president... It was George W. Bush.

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cantstandtexans 6 years, 1 month ago

SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!! YEAH BABY!! I'm not the one that started this one!!!

Openly...I hate Dufus Bush. I hate Dick Cheney far greater than Bush. Why? Because Bush is only a "Yes Man"...Cheney is the man in charge. That's the real truth. I will only say, that I didn't come to this point of hate for the GOP by inheritance or by reading MoveOn.org, etc. I hate these two criminals because of the B.S. that Bush and Cheney has pulled off. But this isn't about these two knuckle heads...it's about a picture not being on the front page...which it should have been. But who cares!! Rush Limbaugh can keel over with a coronary for all I care with his blabbering foaming rants....and of course I can only hope he does die soon...the bigoted bastard he is and A DRUG ADDICT TO BOOT!!! O.K....stay on track here.

Yes....proof will be seen. All of you have to admit that the Bush Presidency has been the worst...ever!!! He does have a documented I.Q. of 95......that's 95 people. Any of you can blame this idiot and the unilateral agenda spearheaded by the "Boys of the Project of the New American Century"...of which Cheney is part of. THESE GUYS DESTROYED THIS COUNTRY PEOPLE!!! With help from a Republican led Congress for the first six years of the Bush Era and blunders pulled off by Reagan and Nixon...Bush Sr. and blunders by Carter and Clinton as well. That damned Texan Lyndon Johnson!!

Obama's picture unfortunately wasn't placed on the front page of the Daily News. It's not gonna change the fact that Obama will be the next president. Stop the confrontations....this country is a wreck and I'm not convinced it can be turned around...ever!!! But...Obama is intelligent....nice change from the dummy sitting in the Oval Office now. We shall see...we shall see. You can blame the GOP political downfall on the GOP Old Guard and Bobble Head Palin. McCain was forced to accept this hand dealt to him. Blame him as well. But change must happen. No amount of racism or hate towards move ins to Craig will produce a viable direction for Craig. I hate Texans....Let me say this again...I HATE TEXANS!! Why? Arrogance. So don't get arrogant towards outsiders. They cause no one commenting here any harm. Most I meet aren't out to change the way Craig operates.......Except for them thar Texans!!

Well....I've said my fill....take a deep breath...we're all Americans....let's see what happens these next four years....Obama surely won't be any worse than Bush as been...and he can only do better. Smarts....you know...intelligence. I'm hoping!!

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh Christ, Obama smart? have you ever listened to him without a teleprompter? he stumbles more than bush does for Christ sakes. Just because you can deliver a prepared speech does not make you smart. Of course I guess hes smart enough to fool half of America (government education thank you Ellen Johnson) into voting for him. you know what CST Bush was a disaster. He tried so many times to out liberal the liberals. He spent way to much money, didn't have the balls to push forth a sound agenda, wanted to be a nice guy, and took away more freedoms from Americans than anyone since FDR. leave the conspiracies aside and focus on the facts about bush and I will agree with you.

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

oh that's some good stuff Patrick! it would be so cool if they could finally get his birth records opened up and they revealed that he was born Kenya. Why would you try to get them sealed if there was nothing to hide?

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David Carrick 6 years, 1 month ago

Exactly, 50cal... Hiding? If not, get it out there!

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

has anyone heard the difference between Simba in the lion king and Barack Obama?

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gem 6 years, 1 month ago

i posted this on Karina Weiman: Shocked and amused, and i'm posting it here. when a "conservative" president is elected, it's on the "liberal" papers...50cal he was also born in Hawaii, his birth records were opened up... i can't beleive you posted this editorial (Karina Weiman: Shocked and amused) your news paper is not fair and un-bias. i'm boycotting and all my friends are boycotting. i hope you all loose your jobs. first off, barak doesn't want to get rid of your guns you ignorant, ignorant person; he wants to ban assault riffles...as well as he should. second, he's not going to mess with your coal job; he wants to make it hard to open a new power plant; and focus on making more effective, cleaner energy sources. take a look people, mccain was for the same issues. it is well documented...there's even VIDEO of him talking in front of the senate about it... it WAS a racist thing for them to put it on the back page, it was a historical thing that happened!!!! it was the biggest news in the country that day...is that NOT what NEWS papers are all about? the craig daily press is a news paper and yes, it is in moffat county, yes more people here voted for mccain, but our news is supposed to be fair and un-bias. you saying that your not racist and that comments made about obama that you have said are not racist; "In fact, I woke up wanting to empty my 401K, take the money to the store and buy all the canned and dry food, bottled water, guns and ammunition I possibly could, hole myself up in my home and wait for Obama's relatives (aka al-Qaida) to come to America flying first class on Air Force One." that sounds a little racist to me...his relative "al-qaida"...his closest relatives are his grandma (rip) and his grandpa, who by the way are WHITE!!!! his grandpa fought for this great country of ours. people don't even know what he stands for, or against. they say he's muslim (which he's not) they say he swore in on the koran (which he didn't, take a look yourself, it's clearly a bible...and btw, it's HIS very own bible) they say he's the anit-christ (take a closer look at the bible, he doesn't fit the mold; i also think this is the most ridiculous ignorant thing being said) and You/people say that he's related to al-quida...GROW UP!
YOU don't even know what he stood for (ie. coal, guns) you obviously just listened to what people had to say instead of researching it yourself. this town is so one sided it makes me sick. but i'm here for a COAL job, and it pays good, so i'll stay for a while, but just know...i'm not afraid of my income, it's going to still be here, i'm not stupid... i DID vote for barak and can not wait until the day you all get over yourselves and realize he IS the man for the job. ignorance, ma'am, is bliss...and you, sound very, very blissful. thanks and have a good night.

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lonelyone 6 years, 1 month ago

Silentman, where do you get your info? I'm not being nasty here, I'm really asking. I've seen stuff that says he is not going to take our guns and so on. The election has been over for a week and a half and I still don't know what to believe. One thing that does confuse me is that people say he is against new power plants and will really hurt the coal industry. Why then did the IBEW and many other power realated unions back him?? I'm not going to say Ms Johnson is wrong in her letter to the editor nor are the rest of you wrong in your opinions. But you all make my head spin and I'm about to fall down, I'm so dizzy!!!

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Blondi 6 years, 1 month ago

I have noticed that when anyone says anything against Obama, those that voted for him get very angry and upset and mean and hateful. Why? Hes been voted in so one would think they'd be so happy about it that nothing else mattered. Why get so defensive? So now Gem hopes that everyone at the DP lose their jobs? How mean is that? My Grandma always told me that you never wish bad luck on anyone because chances are great that it will happen to you instead. What are you going to do Gem if you lose your job in the coal industry? Will you sit back and reflect on your wishes against the DP staff? Its freedom of choice to boycott, but don't be nasty about it.

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jeff corriveau 6 years, 1 month ago

Lonely: Check the Illinois Senate record. EVERY chance he had to vote to restrict gun ownership, he voted to do so. EVERY time. He has said many times that, while he supports the 2nd Amendment, he FAVORS local control of guns. Nice way of saying we'll just let the local governments take guns away, no matter what the Constituion says. As a US Senator he has voted repeatedly to ban offshore drilling and to make it more difficult to explore for oil and gas in the lower 48 states. As Joe Friday would say: "Just the facts, maam".

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Isis 6 years, 1 month ago

Wow folks, I see a lot of anger written here. There is obviously an emotional whirlwind concerning this issue. I have always personally believed that fear is the root of anger. I am struggling to understand what folks fear for our future, and the reason for the fears and anger. Can anyone take a step back, a deep breath, and try to reasonably explain this?

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cantstandtexans 6 years, 1 month ago

Obama can't speak without a telepromter?............?...............?...............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are kidding...correct?!

Question..............you really do believe that Dufus Bush is...intelligent? You need to do some research yourself 50cal. Dufus Bush's "DOCUMENTED I.Q." stands at 95. That joker is a disgrace and a idiot. The best puppet president the GOP ever had. And talk about someone that can't put sentences together nor understand the English language...that would be Dufus Bush...for after all....HE'S THE DECIDER!! HA...HAHA.......HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Now that's funny to ponder that idiots made up words...which there are many.

To tell you the truth there 50cal....I'm actually beginning to see the art and truth of a anarchists life style..so to speak. I pretty much can't stand anyone....I believe that both political parties are out of control and that corporate America has screwed America for it's own greed fulfillment and pleasure. Where does it end..eh? In some respects..I truly hope this government fails and these fifty states dissolve into independent countries. What;s the point of this Union of States? I hate Texans...well...anyone from DOWN SOUTH WAY!!! I don't associate with anyone....the masses of people do nothing for me emotionally...too damned many people anyways. Yet....when I hear people talk about a free market Capitalistic society and they anyone has a right to make money anyways he can...even screwing over his friends and niegbors...well.....these kind of people are nothing but dung to me....to be buried because of the stench!!!

Obama is pretty smart thar 50cal...and Bush is and always will be a complete buffoon!!! "Alfred E. Newman" in the flesh..you know..."Mr. What...Me Worry"? Yeah!

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grannyrett 6 years, 1 month ago

Get a grip Cantstand--Google George W. Bush IQ and you'll find his IQ is well above 91. God, you keep on and on and on about how much you hate Bush. It's over. It' done. If I had a rabid dog, I'd take it out back and shoot it. Don't know what to do about your problem. Just get over it, or get off it or whatever. You let your hate consume you and can't seem to do any thing more than go on and on and on. You're like a stuck record, and it grates on ones nerves after a while. I don't care if you like Bush or not. I don't think your opinion of him is any more important than anyone else's either. But, you just go on and on. Stop. Be done, it's over.

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

hey cant stand you need to look at some of the things that have come right out of obama's mouth silly boy. that's where we get our info. how was it that bush got better grades than the last two people who ran for president? He even ran his own company. you have the balls or brains to do that comrade? "white mans greed breeds a world in need" barack Obama. yeah that sounds like a true socialist to me.

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45calibur1911 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm new out there and to all of this. but i really think that the fuss of the placement of the picture is childish and the ever classic racial ploy to get the readers or publishers to do what you want because everyones afraid of being labeled a racist. i didn't vote for the clown and because i didn't agree with his socialist views of the world. this whole thing is stupid. another stupid comment on here is "Obama is right in the eyes of God. There should be no black America or white America, or Asian America or Latino American, but only the United States of America." so we interperate the stupidity of others as god's work? i personally dont think that the big man willed this allah or whatever his name is may have. there should be no black, white, latino, asian america? well if thats what it should be then why should i have to refer to someone else of a different race as whatever american? and all that other PC b.s., this is just stupid nothing is gonna change, his stupid grin was printed last page and the guys a commi terrorist.

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lonelyone 6 years, 1 month ago

Blondi, I've noticed the same thing with McCain supporters. Say anything in favor of Obama and boy howdy does it get crazy. I think we should all just agree to disagree and find something else to discuss!

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cantstandtexans 6 years, 1 month ago

As if Sarah Bobble Head Palin doesn't believe in socialism? She does for her quest for a independent country of Alaska!!! You need to read the facts about that issue! This is getting old.....really getting old.

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

give us the facts CST. I'd really like to see a few more independent countries myself. its either a slow train to socialism or a fast plane take your pick.

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lonelyone 6 years, 1 month ago

50, I'm still waiting for the punch line to your joke! Not that I'm trying to cause more trouble on here, I could just use a chuckle!! You all have a good day and play nice.

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