Craig To the editor:
I am shocked and a bit amused about the amount of fuss that has been made regarding the Craig Daily Press' decision to put Barack Obama's picture on the last page of the paper the day after his election.
I am further shocked and amused that people - for example, Ellen Johnson - have gone so far as to turn it into a racial issue.
It seems to me that a person cannot say anything about Obama without being accused of being racist.
I didn't vote for Obama because of his values and the decisions he wants to make (decisions that affect my right to own a gun and decisions that affect my source of income that comes from working in the coal industry, just to name a couple).
My vote for McCain had absolutely nothing to do with the color of Obama's skin. I am not racist. And not voting for Obama doesn't make me racist, nor do the negative comments I make about Obama being elected into office.
The Craig Daily Press' decision not to put his picture on the front of the paper had everything to do with reporting local news (a community where the vast majority of Moffat County citizens voted for McCain) and nothing to do with race.
The comment made by Ellen Johnson, "It reminded me of when our black brothers and sisters had to sit in the back of the bus so many years ago," was ridiculous.
Are you kidding me?
Ellen Johnson, instead of focusing on past, resolved issues (because none of my black brothers and sisters have been forced to sit in the back of the bus recently) maybe you should concern yourself with the fact that me and my union brothers and sisters will most likely be forced to sit in the back of the unemployment bus should Obama go through with heavily taxing the coal industry.
And I had to laugh when I read your comment, "It was a sad reality to see the paper after the joy of great unity the night before." Hilarity. I don't know where you were the night before election, but I definitely wasn't feeling any joy the night before or the day after election.
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. Sound crazy? Maybe. But not as crazy as Ellen Johnson's letter to the editor and anyone else's opinion that not printing Obama's picture on the front page of the paper was done because of his race.
Anything negative said or done regarding Obama can be twisted into a racial issue, but the reality, Ellen Johnson, is that we don't care what color he is - the vast majority of Craig cares about being able to keep our rights to bear arms and the right to work in the coal and oil industry, an industry that supports the very community you live in, without the fear of becoming unemployed. And really, do you seriously think you're qualified to say whether Obama is right in the eyes of God?
Come on. You're kidding, right?