Carson's speech appropriate

For the most part, I usually concur with The Augusta Chronicle’s published opinions. But I could not possibly disagree more vehemently with your position on the “propriety” of Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast (“Right words, wrong place,” Feb. 14).

Perhaps Dr. Carson should have chosen an alternate, quieter venue for his impassioned plea for sanity in government. I am sure the good doctor, who is one of the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons, could have drawn five or six reporters from obscure medical or religious publications to a hastily called press conference in a waiting room at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Maybe you would have preferred Dr. Carson write a letter to The Washington Post or CBS News. How much exposure would that approach have engendered?

It seems your editorial staff concurs that Dr. Carson, rather than choosing another time and place, simply remember his place. After all, he’s merely a world-famous physician who came up from a life of poverty and hardship in Detroit – who just happens to be black. Heaven forbid this true man of God would dare to “speak truth to power” a scant five feet away from the president (gasp!) at a prayer breakfast! (tsk tsk!) Shame on you, Dr. Carson!

The problem with this whole affair is that an independent-thinking, hard-working, life-saving, African-American man who pulled himself up by his own bootstraps demonstrated that he has absolutely no fear of Barack Obama whatsoever, because Dr. Carson knows that the true seat of power is not in Washington, D.C.

Bert Dean

Augusta

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