POSTED ON APRIL 8, 2009:
Love Letters/ Hate Mail
Champion of the Poor
Down here in Okieland, our fifth poorest state in the Union, we need a Huey Long--type solution to our second Great Depression.
"The Kingfish" of Louisiana politics had the right idea in 1932 when he proposed giving each family in the United States $5,000 for a home, an automobile, a radio and ordinary conveniences.
His "Every Man a King" solution to our first Great Depression would amount to $20,000 in today's dollars.
With $20,000 worth of greenbacks in our jeans, we would pay off a credit card, buy a home, a car, a washer-dryer or stove and stimulate the droopy drawers economy.
Too bad that President Obama and Congress are corporate stooges hell-bent on bailing out the banks instead of us, small fry.
We, working stiffs, could use that trillion dollars better than the war machine and the big business gang.
But the Washington windbags never learned former State Senator Gene Stipe's great rule "treat the rich and poor just the same" which he said is "awfully hard to do because the poor have so little to commend them."
As for Huey Long, this champion of the poor and downtrodden was assassinated on Sept. 8, 1935, but his "Share Our Wealth" idea still warms the cockles of this Okie grandma's heart. When our check comes, I'm spending it on a washer-dryer, dental work and a hearing aid for grandpa.
Virginia Blue Jeans Jenner
We read with much approval the letter sent in by Andrew Hotchkiss pertaining to food reviews written by Katherine Kelly. We have been meaning to send a letter in for sometime listing our opinions and dissatisfaction with her reviews.
They are for the most part never negative in anyway and since we have eaten at many of these establishments we consider a majority of her reviews boring, repetitive and just blatantly untrue. However, we do find it very infesting that since there is a new kid in town who writes reviews on her Web site which happen to be entertaining, descriptive and truthful, some of the recent reviews by Katherine Kelly seem to us to be imitating those written by one, Cathleen Butler.
We are big fans of your newspaper and will continue to be so, but Urban Tulsa has always presented itself as being on the cutting edge and presenting the truth as well as the good, the bad and the ugly, it's time to get back to the basics even if it is just food, because in these hard economic times people want to get the best bang for their buck.
- Lydia Iven, Dale Esperson, Richard Endecott
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