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May 22, 1994

Political Correctness is Disabling Society

I am writing in response to the April 6 column in The Evening Sun, "It's handicapped, despite the PC police." I agree totally with Leslie Miller about political correctness. Political correctness in my opinion the most overdone issue of our era. Everything must be politically correct, one must be careful not to offend someone. We must stop being so picky at these little terms and start worrying about more important issues.

Until the world grows up and realizes PC is not helping anymore, we will all have to put up with it. But when that day arrives, I'll be at the front of the anti-PC people.

Jason Sayers



A few years ago, no one was concerned with being politically correct. Everyone spoke their mind without having to think over his words to make sure that what he was saying would not offend anyone. In almost every instance, it has been carried too far. One such incident was expressed in an April 6 column by Leslie F. Miller.

As an English teacher, she addressed the class and used the term "handicapped." A student was so opposed to the use of the word, she objected twice. She claimed that the term "disabled" was correct and non-offensive.

This is a tedious complaint. Not being "handicapped" or "disabled," I don't know how I would feel, but I would understand that any term used would not be to insult me. This is what people bent on political correctness need to realize.

Dorian Bowen

Forest Hill


Political correctness is something that's important. The concept behind it is that a certain terminology will not offend people.

hTC The problem is that people are too easily offended, and take political correctness to extremes, making it nothing more than an annoyance.

There are many problems facing America today. Something this petty should not be one of them. Someone such as myself, a young white male, should not be persecuted because that person accidentally calls an African-American a "black" or a young woman "a girl" when there no offense meant.

There is no reason for someone to insult someone for being what they are . . . but there is a problem with being so paranoid that . . . that a person must lash out at everyone who just does not have the vocabulary right.

Doug Coyner

Bel Air


The words Leslie F. J. Miller wrote about -- handicapped and disabled -- have the same meanings. I am not handicapped but for years this hasn't irritated anyone who is. I don't see any reason to change.

However, I disagree with the hyphenated American titles. Everyone who is a U.S. citizen is just that -- not European, African or Russian. Why do we need these specific titles for race? . . .

I'm glad to hear that there are people who unite us rather than divide, as Leslie Miller writes. If she keeps teaching to unite, the world will be a better place. . . .

Elena Bozylinski



. . . As local radio talk show host Ron Smith once said, political correctness is "mutual incomprehension." It promotes the division of our country at a time when we must pull together. . . .

Such labels as African-American and European-American are useless. . . . Since these people are American citizens, they are Americans, period. . . . In European history, the countries that had the most problems in the 19th century were those of central and eastern Europe, composed of strongly defined ethnic groups. Seeing as history repeats itself, I feel the U.S. could see civil strife stripe if we continue to sharply define ourselves. . . .

Craig D. Story



. . . I think that the issue of being called handicapped or disabled is totally up to whatever the handicapped or disabled person is more comfortable with.

But handicapped and disabled are the same thing. When you look at a special license plate, you see a wheelchair. No one says, "that person is disabled." They say he is handicapped. . . .

Carey Gayo

Forest Hill

English-Only Bill Not About Bigotry

In your April 17 editorial, "Schaefer's Remaining Tasks," our governor is being urged to reject the "English only" bill because "it serves no practical purpose except to fan the flames of bigotry toward immigrants." As a two-time immigrant -- once from my native Germany to French-speaking Brussels in 1936, and then again to the United States in March 1947 -- I couldn't disagree more vehemently.

I remember quite well how in 1952, prior to becoming a U.S. citizen, I had to demonstrate my proficiency to understand, speak, read and write English. Furthermore, I had to prove that I had some rudimentary knowledge of American history. I always thought that these requirements were fair indeed, and I still feel that way.

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