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Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Monday, November 15, 2004


When I worked as an intern in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, my main duty was to sit in a supply closet that doubled as my "office" and reply to to put this delicately..."colorful" letters from "colorful" constituents. Our office had a "reply to every letter" policy, so no matter how bizarre or ridiculous was the letter, I still had to respond on behalf of the Congressman. I could literally write the comedy book of the year just using many of those letters as material.

Here is an example of the kind of letter I used to get. Funnier than the letter, perhaps, is that instead of giving this laugher to an intern to respond to, the Portland Press Herald chose to print it!

Sending candy to Iraq terrible

Am I the only one who finds the idea of sending candy to Iraqi children not only not brilliant but insensitive, offensive and stupid ("Kids offered sweet deal on candy," Oct. 29)?

The candy is not good for our children's teeth but OK for kids who probably have no access to dentistry?

Can you catch just a glimmer of why Americans are so hated in other parts of the world?

What a feeble gesture toward "winning the hearts and minds" of Iraqis.

Shame on the Press Herald for endorsing this idea as "brilliant" in its editorial space.

Florence White

Wait, isn't she one of these blue-staters I keep hearing about who is supposed to be intellectually superior to us Bush voters?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

these "blues" are the same people who, if/when osama bin laden is captured and/or killed, and president george w bush displays obl's head on a platter, they, the "blues" will complain that bush didn't use the good china. can't they all just go away? maybe move to canada or something?

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