I’m Sorry, Sir.

Letters to the Editor: ‘Redneck’? Councilmembers’ racist remarks were a lot of things, but not that.

So long, Mr. S.

It is time you put a sock in it, you silly man.

There are better things, for example, to be concerned about than a man’s use of the term “redneck.” I was born in the late 1940s, when the phrase “redneck” was just coming into vogue. I knew “redneck” to mean a person who was from the old country, who spoke poor English, drank and fought.

But we are living in a time, and the people who have the least education, the least education in the way of science, the least education on the history of the country and the least education in the way of science and all of this in the name of race or religion, don’t deserve any more respect or consideration than they deserve from the people who elected them to office.

I’ve always been and I always will be a fan of John F. Kennedy’s. One day, he was talking about our need for education and science, and he mentioned things like “rednecks” and “hippies.” I was appalled.

The man was a hero, and still is. He was a great, great president, a man who brought us forth from the world’s most awful time and the biggest changes that have ever occurred.

But I say to you today, I’m sorry. I’m sorry, sir. I’m sorry, very, very, very sorry.

Pete Heil

Elk City

I’ve always been more than a little dubious about your “redneck” argument.

I’m from Tennessee, and I’ve known rednecks since I was born, and they have always been there for me.

They have always been there for us, and they will always be there for us.

I’ve even seen a redneck’s car, and I’ve never seen one before.

All we ever do is run around in the woods with tractors and ride around in a car, and I’ve always been proud to say that, even though we are rednecks.

I’m proud to be an American, sir,

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