Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Solon Official and GOP Activist Resorts To Stereotype

Solon Official and GOP Activist Resorts To Stereotype

I don't want to play language police, but some once-common phrases have fallen out of common parlance because they reinforce hurtful stereotypes.

Kevin Samek of the Solon City Council appears not to get this. This week's Solon Economist paper, reporting on council discussion of water bills and deposits:

Samek said he had no problem charging a deposit, but the time frame for refunding it was not likely to have much effect on bill collection.

"Trying to put a month thing on it is not going to benefit anybody. If someone is going to try to jew us out of a water bill, whether it's 18 months or 12 months or 36 months, it's not going to make a big difference," Samek said. "They'll figure out a way to do it."

Councilor Samek also represents Solon on the Johnson County Republican Central Committee. (pdf)


Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that you take a comment I made and put a racist spin to it. Although I did make that comment, it was certainly not directed at any race or religion. It was a terminology I grew up with in the 60's and 70's. I agree it was possibly a poor choice of words in todays politically correct society but you took it and made a perfect example of how our liberal press can spin anything to make it appear the truth. I find it shamefull that you can make a comment like that without even meeting me or knowing my religious, political or family views or values.

Koni Cox said...

I'm sorry, but I re-read Mr. Deeth's report, and...he didn't make any judgemental comments...he just said what you said. I thought that it was very fair and that the report used this event as a way to remind us all to think about the words that we use-and eliminate or change those that may offend others.