Friday, July 9, 2010

Don't Mock This Bird!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest American stories ever written, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Harper Lee's tale of a poor black man falsely accused and convicted of rape in mid 1900s Alabama was made into a fantastic movie starring Gregory Peck. It also introduced Robert Duvall as a character known as Boo Radley.
It should not surprise anyone that every issue in this world has two sides but when I hear so-called learned critics say that this story is nothing but a 'Jim Crow liberal' tale I cannot hold back my feelings.
A great 'Op-Ed' piece appeared in Newsday today and it deserves a quick read by anyone interested in a sane analyses.  I suggest you take a moment and do so if only for your own edification.
Don't be fooled by the rhetoric of one side or the other for that matter.  Gather as much facts as possible on every issue that concerns you before jumping to conclusions.  Do that and you will realize that there are no 'death panels' hidden within health care reform; and every politician loves big oil.
And in the off chance that you have not read or seen the movie version of Harper Lee's masterpiece correct that mistake as soon as possible!

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