Originally created 09/05/01

Letter overly edited, not anti-South

Two months ago I submitted comments based upon what was written as a photo caption. I later found out that The Chronicle staff member who wrote that caption had made an erroneous assumption about what was taking place in the photo. That mistake became my mistake, which I still sincerely regret.

Now, it appears, there is a misunderstanding over a recent letter concerning the differences between Northerners, Southerners, and their attitudes regarding racism.

I read Heather Menard's Aug. 20 letter in its entirety prior to submission to The Chronicle, and did not find it to be offensive. Unfortunately, due to allotted space and word limitations imposed for letters, some of what she wrote was omitted from the article.

What remained to print sounded like a lot of rambling criticism of the South, which is certainly not what she intended. I, too, am a "transplanted Yankee - Southern by the grace of God," and I can assure you that there are plenty of prejudices, rude people, racists, and idiots on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

Why can't we just erase that line and all be Americans?

Ellie Hessek, Waynesboro, Ga.


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