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Erin's column on crude, sexist language drew a lot of response from a range of readers — women and men, old and young — who mostly agreed. The few who didn't wanted, in part, to engage in a semantics debate over what they thought were male equivalents of the c-word.
Thanks for not shrinking from talking about what female politicians must endure in their work. It's pretty icky the free-flowing comments they receive without much public comment or censure. While it is true that America offers free speech, it is also awful to know that such smirky slurs are tolerated without question. Mind-set can be changed however slowly by challenging attitudes that are sexist or abusive.
From: Sue Harrold
I'm not sure which bothers me more — the language itself or the silence afterwards. I'm glad we can have a public discussion about this in part because, like Anne Boyle, I go “berserk” when I hear or see the c-word.
I am not really into politics but went to law school and from being in business have seen firsthand a strong disrespect for females with any sort of brains and/or power, especially if opinions vary.
I'm sorry this has been your experience. Someone sent me this comedy clip, and it seems to capture what you've described.
Erin's column on a Lithuanian country-folk star shrank the world for both Erin and the Lithuanian community.
I know that your teacher Irena Gartigas is also smiling now and is very proud of you too. Irene also served as chair of the OSCA Omaha Friends of Šiauliai committee from 2004 until 2006 (when her illness no longer allowed her lead our committee).
From: Gediminas Murauskas
Miss Gartigas was a great teacher and a real saint for putting up with us junior high kids at St. Margaret Mary's. At 13, I wasn't able to connect the dots between our teacher and her native Lithuania, of which she spoke so fondly. (I almost ended that with a preposition, for which she would have skinned me). But she was all I could think of when I met the Stakenas family.
Nebraska native and comedian Brad Stewart, the opening act for Joan Rivers at the Holland Performing Arts Center on March 16, reacted to Mike Kelly's column.
I just wanted to thank you for the nice piece about me in The World-Herald. I had the time of my life at the show Saturday. My set went really well, and Joan is always a blast to watch.
I always enjoy writing about local folks making an impact. I admire you for sticking with your hope for a standup career through 15 years of standing up and waiting tables in Los Angeles restaurants. Best wishes for continued success.
Del Bokowski of Lincoln, a 1972 graduate of UNL, wrote to Mike about something he said has been bugging him.
The Creighton Bluejays have a large following of fans, and I'm sure many are Omaha residents. I have often wondered how many of those loyal Creighton fans are die-hard Husker football fans but couldn't care less about the University of Nebraska's basketball team. I do hope Creighton does well in the NCAAs, but I will still be loyal to my home state university in both football AND basketball, along with its other major sports.
No doubt about it, practically all Bluejay basketball fans are also Husker football fans. Creighton, as you know, hasn't fielded a football team since the World War II years. But are Bluejay fans against the Husker men's hoops team? For many, I'll bet, that's only the case when the Huskers play the Jays. I agree with your point that Coach Tim Miles will lead the Huskers to greater things. It would be fun some day to see Creighton, Nebraska and UNO all playing in the NCAA postseason tournament.