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Terry Guttormson, Hendrum, Minn., letter: Why give air time to bigots and racists?

Concerning the flap over Barack Obama's reverend: When Jeremiah Wright Jr. uttered, from the pulpit, that Hillary Clinton had never been called the "n" word, I reply, "big deal and who cares." Conversely, Obama has probably never been called the ...

Concerning the flap over Barack Obama's reverend:

When Jeremiah Wright Jr. uttered, from the pulpit, that Hillary Clinton had never been called the "n" word, I reply, "big deal and who cares." Conversely, Obama has probably never been called the "b" word or the "c" word. Again, big deal and who cares?

Why are we suddenly making bigots and racists important? Why are bigots and racists' comments and name-calling getting 24/7 air time on all the cable news channels? Big deal, who cares?

What happened to discerning which candidate will get us out of the bloody mess in Iraq that is costing this country lives and treasure? Which candidate is going to lead this country out of the economic mess that found its way to the front door of our country these past seven years? Which candidate will continue huge tax cuts for the large corporations and wealthy individuals as we borrow billions from China to finance the $15 billion- per-month war with no clue of how to pay it back? Which candidate has a plan to fix health care? Which candidate will do something about the energy crisis and astronomically high fuel prices that are crippling this nation?

I don't give a damn about our candidates' over-exuberant and sometimes nutty supporters. I want to know who is going to stand up and lead this country out of this mess.

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