Originally created 11/05/01

Debate over McKinney letter continues



We were appalled, saddened and angry at U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney's letter to Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. We agree wholeheartedly with the patriotic response from U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., on Oct. 20.

We urge Mr. Norwood and other honorable and patriotic representatives to formally censure her for aiding and abetting the cause of our terrorist enemies during a state of hatred and war.

We believe that Ms. McKinney, D-Ga., only seeks to aggrandize her own ego (and self agenda). We refuse to address her as a representative other than of her own persuasion. American citizens of all faiths, religions, agnostics and atheists have generously given to the homeless, hungry and those in need.

We believe a nation divided against itself cannot stand. We ask all to pray for unity in America and that Ms. McKinney will realize that her traitorous letter is an anathema to patriotic citizens who love liberty more than life.

We ask you to pray for leaders of our nation and of the world and also for our allied armed forces to bring the terrorists to justice. We even ask you to pray that the terrorists will repent of their ungodly acts and pray for the people of Afghanistan and surrounding countries who are innocently involved in the terror of war.

Connie H. and Bob C. Skalak, Martinez, Ga.

(Editor's note: The writers' siblings, Carolyn H. Usry and Leila Havird, also signed this letter.)

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Regarding Charlie Connell's Oct. 21 letter likening U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan as traitors to their race, the texture and content of his words reveal his biased, provincial, inaccurate and hateful view of the world. Instead of attacking one person for her view, he chose to attack everyone who looks as she does.

I thank God that Mr. Connell does not represent the majority opinion in our area. Perhaps some "backbone" can be shown by his family members, neighbors, co-workers, friends, and employers by pointing out the prejudicial tenor of his comments.

Michael A. Kimble, Augusta

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U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., by her actions to solicit that big Saudi check has put herself on a level of royalty.

The title of "Her Royal Hindness" is very fitting. What she attempted to do took plenty of "royal brass."

Being that I am part brother, sister McKinney will not be able to point at this as a racist letter.

Joseph Bert, Martinez, Ga.