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Mailbag: Your Chick-fil-A coverage was disingenuous

August 07, 2012
  • David Pruyne, wears his Surf City Tea Party shirt while waiting outside the Costa Mesa Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
David Pruyne, wears his Surf City Tea Party shirt while… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Re. "Chick-fil-A supporters crowd local store (Aug. 2):

Your article proclaiming that Chick-fil-A supporters came out "en masse" to support the company after its president said he believes in the religious definition of marriage is so disingenuous and misleading that I have to assume you did it on purpose in order to foment dissent against those who agree with his views.

Those supporters did not come out "en masse" after his statements, except in a strictly chronological sense.

That was not their impetus, as you so blatantly infer. They came out "en masse" after simple-minded and intolerant politicians from Boston, Chicago and San Francisco used their bully pulpit to threaten a legal, legitimate business that has no record of discrimination in its policies or operations.

Americans do not like bullies. Wednesday's protesters included people who support gay marriage, but do not support short-sighted bullies carrying their flag. They understand that kind of knee-jerk support (with the emphasis on "jerk") does not further their cause. Dismissing the 1st Amendment is certainly not in their best interest.

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Randy Stratton

Costa Mesa

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Cassity on Obama

Re.: "Cassity: Sorry, but we did build that (Aug. 3):

Mr. Chuck Cassity is so wrapped up in spewing anti-Obama venom that he loses common sense. First of all, the saying he misquotes is, "Find a need and fill it," not "Find a hole and fill it." At the end of his diatribe he asks, who is the "somebody else" who helped him get started? That somebody else is communication, transportation, water, light, power, police and fire protection, and many other services Americans enjoy, and take for granted. That "somebody else" is the many systems regulated by cooperating city, county, state and federal government agencies.

David Barth

Corona del Mar

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Quote slicing

Cassity uses a convenient ellipsis to distort what the president said: "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that." When it comes to partisan politics, a little honesty goes a long way.

Lance Jencks

Costa Mesa

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Business people built it

Thank you, Mr. Cassity, for your article regarding President Obama's comments; I had a similar reaction to those comments. Those words are insightful and indicate the president's disdain for the small businessman and businesswoman, who, by the way, employ more than three-fourths of the population.

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