Year of the flip-flop

It’s the year of the flip-flop in U.S. politics

lincoln160.jpgA prime example would be Abraham Lincoln. He ran for president in 1860 with no intention of doing anything about slavery in places where it existed, only to issue the Emancipation Proclamation banning slavery in 1863.

You said Lincoln made a change in policy in 1863 by issuing the Emanpication Proclamation banning slavery. I wish you would read and understand history. The proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederate States (territory Lincoln did not control). Slavery continued to exist in Matyland, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri – after Lincoln died in 1865. Please dont twist the truth!

Allan M.

Our reference to the impact of the Emancipation Proclamation was a bit over-simplified: GBU Editor

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In your picture essay on ‘Buddha with a thousand hands’ you mention the term “Deaf and Dumb.” This is seen as a horrible term to deaf people. Being politically correct applies to the deaf and hard of hearing as well. Just ask my son!

Deaf and Dumb — A relic from the medieval English era, this is the granddaddy of all negative labels pinned on deaf and hard of hearing people. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, pronounced us “deaf and dumb”, because he felt that deaf people were incapable of being taught, of learning, and of reasoned thinking. To his way of thinking, if a person could not use his/her voice in the same way as hearing people, then there was no way that this person could develop cognitive abilities. (Source: Deaf Heritage, by Jack Gannon, 1980)

Please correct the use of this term. Just google it and you will find out how offensive it is to the deaf community.

Sincerely, Jim Harrison Austin, TX

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