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THEM'S FIGHTING WORDS

I cannot believe the article that was written about Brett McKee at the Oak Steakhouse. Did anyone on your staff bother to look up the word "carpetbagger"? This is the definition in the Webster's Dictionary: "Any of the Northern politicians or adventurers who went South to take advantage of unsettled conditions. Contemptuous term." I have known Brett McKee for many years and I can't believe anyone would say he took advantage. He has donated time and money over and over again to important causes to the city of Charleston and it's citizens. He has twice raised money for a friend who is a cancer survivor, Darkness to Light, Hospice of Charleston, Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation, and there are too many to list. This is not the first time your paper has written a negative article about Brett McKee. Is this a personal thing, or is your writer uninformed? Your article could have a negative effect on Brett McKee's business, himself, and his family. If I was Brett McKee, I would look into suing the City Paper. I think you owe Mr. McKee and his family an apology at the highest level of an apology. I noticed that he had an front page ad in your paper too, I guess you didn't mind taking the "carpetbagger's" money for the ad.

Sandra Hughes
Kiawah island

FOR SHAME

I cannot believe you allowed such derogatory remarks to be made about Brett McKee in your paper. A carpetbagger takes from people. I know Brett personally and professionally, and all he has done is give to this city since his "arrival from Brooklyn." Shame on you.

Donna Dawson

Charleston

Jeff Allen, our food writer, clarifies his use of the word "carpetbagger" in reference to Chef Brett McKee in the recent issue of Dish: "Dish is a positive issue that showcases the best of Charleston, not a critical review. Therefore, I obviously did not mean to imply that Brett McKee is a bad guy. In fact, I think he's one of the best chefs in Charleston, and I'm aware of the philanthropic work that he conducts. My reference to 'carpetbagging' was not intended to be read in a 19th century context, but rather a 21st century one that refers to geographic transplantation and migration and carries little negative connotation."

NEWS BIAS

While reading the Aug. 1 issue of the paper, my first thought was to respond to Will Moredock's editorial about Mayor Riley, but when I turned the page and read Michael Graham's article about the tainted and biased news reporting from the war in the Mideast, I realized that this piece was far more important to us and the world. Michael's writing about the obviously unfair CNN news reporting emphasized what many of have known, that CNN and other news outlets do not report news fairly and objectively. Since CNN and other news outlets report to the international community, they tilt the news to appease the majority receiving the news. The Muslim population of the world is the second largest religious group, and therefore it is no surprise that the news is presented to their interests. There is no denying that the war started as the result of unprovoked aggression by the radical Muslim group Hezbollah, and yet every news outlet avoids placing blame there for the deaths caused by Israel in its hunt to stop the rockets from raining on Israel. Thank you, Michael Graham, for telling it like it is, and I look forward to your future columns.

Joel Doobrow
Charleston, SC

WORD PLAY

Your use of the phase "Democrat incumbents" is grammatically wrong and is also insulting to us Democrats (News, "Govenors Get Schooled, Aug. 2, 2006). The word "Democrat" is not a modifier (adjective); it is a noun. The correct adjective is "Democratic." A "Democrat" is a member of the "Democratic" Party. You are not alone in your confusion. It stems from the use by Republicans of the term "Democrat Party" as a pejorative against their political foes. The use of "Democrat" in this manner is completely wrong. The name of the organization has been "Democratic Party" since Andrew Jackson's day. I would propose a tit-for-tat solution to this semantic problem. Perhaps we Democrats would allow the omission of two letters from the name of our party, if our rival group would consent to the omission of two letters from the name of their party. Henceforth, let them be known as the "Publican Party."

Robert P. Stockton
Charleston

correction

In the Oak Steakhouse write-up in Dish, Jeff Allen indicated that Chef McKee had hung a large oil portrait of himself in his restaurant Oak. That is not the case.

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