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Liotta to Shaver: check your facts


To The Editor:

I did not expect to continue the exchange of ideas I began with a certain Keith Shaver Sr. However, Mr. Shaver’s letter to the editor published on Dec. 29 contained inaccuracies, and other outrageous statements. Paraphrasing the great American composer/songwriter Cole Porter, I evidently got “Under his skin” (Keith Shaver Sr.’s that is).

This is a good thing because it further exposes Mr. Keith Shaver Sr. for what he is.

To begin with, he is ignorant. Yes, ignorant as defined in the Webster-Merriam Dictionary as “destitute of knowledge or education” and “lacking knowledge or comprehension.”

Mr. Keith Shaver Sr. stated in the Dec. 29 letter, “Liotta, I don’t know if you’re stupid or what, but Gandhi lived in India.” You need to apologize for that remark, Keith, and here are the facts: Mahatma Gandhiwas born on Oct. 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Kathiawar, India. He studied law in London, England, but in 1893 went to South Africa, where he spent 20 years opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians. He then returned to India in 1914. My letter to the editor published on Dec. 15was correct. Your comment was ignorant.

Yes, Mr. Shaver, Gandhi lived in South Africa for 20 years, as I stated in my Dec. 15letter. I hope you will not be ignorant on this subject in the future. Make this a lesson to you to research facts before you spew your brand of “anger.” It colors your comprehension of many things, including the Constitution, what is hateful and what is not, your attitudes about “Commie affirmative laws” and your assumptions about someone else’s patriotism and religious beliefs.

I won’t be responding to any of your retorts in the future. Mission accomplished!

Joseph M. Liotta


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