Originally created 02/11/00

Urges writer to tackle national topics



I think it's great that veteran editor Phil Kent has been elevated to be a political columnist (the long term goal of most print journalists), and that he'll still continue to serve as the paper's senior editorial writer specializing in local and statewide Georgia and South Carolina issues.

Mr. Kent says this move frees him up to do more writing and research; in this vein, I also hope Mr. Kent pursues a separate column on national affairs to complement the Sunday one on local/state issues.

He should ignore the usual smears from the weekly shopper and radio talk-show host Austin Rhodes -- the phony "friend" who has always been jealous of Mr. Kent's many sources and first-place writing awards.

I notice even the Augusta Focus recently apologized in an editorial for a previous piece that spread lies about The Chronicle columnist. The Focus has more class than Mr. Rhodes and The Metropolitan Spirit.

Kathleen Haro, Aiken