Bestowed redemption uneven, lacking

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In response to the article on Augusta Commissioner Matt Aitken ("Ex-felons seek redemption," Nov. 23):

I am not against redemption for Mr. Aitken, a convicted drug dealer, but where was this redemption when former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre was around? He did his time, but this newspaper and TV stations could not mention his name without also mentioning his crimes. Where was the redemption?

When Mr. Aitken's name is mentioned, you don't hear "convicted drug dealer Matt Aitken." Or is this redemption just for people of a certain color?

Mr. McIntyre didn't deserve what he got from the media, including this paper. Where was the redemption? Your redemption is just like your justice -- when served, "just us" get the bad part of it.

Willie B. McKelton

Keysville

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Jackson
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Jackson 12/03/10 - 12:04 am
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That's because it's all

That's because it's all politics my friend.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 12/03/10 - 04:17 am
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I'd trust a former dealer

I'd trust a former dealer before I'd trust someone who used his elected position to enrich himself. It isn't about race, it's about the crime. i believe Aitken sold pot, big whoop.

Sandpiper
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Sandpiper 12/03/10 - 06:13 am
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Aitken broke the law, served

Aitken broke the law, served his time, changed his life, proved his position by how he lived his life and then sought the approval of the voting public.
McIntyre sought the approval of the voting public, betrayed their trust and sold his soul for potential personal gain, served time for his crime and then asked to be trusted again.
Now, it might be about perspective, or it might be about lifestyle or culture, but it's only about race to the most blind and shallow.
If you can't see the difference in these two people there's no way to answer this LTE.

usafvet
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usafvet 12/03/10 - 09:12 am
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The letter writer was trying

The letter writer was trying to be objective in his presentment, but the "R" word just crept in. Ed McIntyre, Charles Walker, Robin Williams, Linda Schrenko, all elected by the taxpayer, stole from the taxpayer, now doing their time. Racial? Doesn't seem to be. Two blacks, two whites, hardly seems racial. All crooks? YES.

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justus4 12/03/10 - 09:40 am
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The article makes an
Unpublished

The article makes an excellent point and exposes the legitimate hypocritical nature of the non-minority media. Here's how it's done: Anything concerning people of color will be slanted towards stereotyping, inflaming ignorance, or just out & out prejudice. However, anything concerning others is painted with a compassionate angle designed to get those non-minorities to believe "they" are good. Example after example is on daily display, but few citizens are actually trained to recognize the institutional bias spewed in these daily media operations. In fact, it's done exactly the same on the non-minority air waves all day & all night giving rise to the ignorant masses. And so, expect nothing to change just be aware that few things are actually as they seem.

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 12/03/10 - 09:57 am
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usafvet - it could not have

usafvet - it could not have been said better - thanks!

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Jane18 12/03/10 - 10:24 am
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Mr.McKelton"just us", I don't

Mr.McKelton"just us", I don't think you fully understand redemption. It is not something any of us can give to anyone. It must be earned by the person needing it. It is to restore oneself back in good favor and make amends for the bad they have done. I have to agree with ref-rep on this, I'd trust a pot seller before I'd trust ANY politician. (Have you and I had disagreements before?)

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mable8 12/03/10 - 10:49 am
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Ed McIntyre violated the

Ed McIntyre violated the trust of his office....he has yet to show any remorse for his actions and seems to continue to believe that the world owes him a living instead of the other way around. Give McIntyre another chance and he will definitely do his nasty deeds all over again, but on a larger scale because he didn't get enough the last time around.

BobG
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BobG 12/03/10 - 12:03 pm
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"I'd trust a former dealer

"I'd trust a former dealer before I'd trust someone who used his elected position to enrich himself."

.....So now we know: Selling dope, good. Selling your elected office, bad.

"Give McIntyre another chance and he will definitely do his nasty deeds all over again, but on a larger scale because he didn't get enough the last time around."

.....Uhhh, hate to tell you but that could be a little tough to do considering the fact that the man's been dead for a number of years now.

mable8
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mable8 12/03/10 - 12:39 pm
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BobG: Sentence should have

BobG: Sentence should have included "and others like him".....but you must admit McIntyre never apologized to the public and always believed that the world owed him something.

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Austin Rhodes 12/03/10 - 01:03 pm
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Big Mac NEVER admitted his

Big Mac NEVER admitted his crimes and apologize, nor did he do anything to work for "redemption". In front of certain crowds he would say he "made mistakes", in front of friendly crowds, he would claim to be a victim.

Mac also sought office less than five years after he got out of prison, not after 20 of clean living like Aitken did.

You can't compare the two cases in any logical sense, and anyone who tries ain't real smart...

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