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September 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Glenn Beck Day: Is Mount Vernon recognition support for anchor’s views?

Would mayor invite Hitler, too?

Ordinarily when someone does something especially stupid it is best just to ignore them, but The Times’ story [“Mt. Vernon not united on mayor’s ‘Beck Day,’ ” News, Sept. 3] about the mayor of Mount Vernon giving a key to the city to Glenn “I don’t have a clue” Beck is just too much.

Are you kidding me? The only thing in the entire story that made a small bit of sense was the notion that Beck considers himself an entertainer. That seems appropriate since he works for that famous oxymoron, Fox News.

The mayor says he wants to recognize him because he is from the Mount Vernon area. Presumably, if Adolf Hitler were from Mount Vernon, Mayor Bud Norris would want to recognize him, too.

— Terry Mercier, Woodinville

Reversing the races, would Beck’s criticism have Mt. Vernon up in arms still?

Just consider that if we had a white president who had a history of attending a church for 20 years whose minister spewed out hatred toward blacks and suggested they should all be shipped back to Africa.

Then consider that this same president’s reaction to a black policeman handcuffing a uncooperative white professor was to call his actions stupid and then admit he really did not know the whole story.

Then some well-known figure from Mount Vernon decided this demonstrated a hatred toward blacks and then called this white president a racist.

Would you still have a problem with the mayor of Mount Vernon giving this celebrity the keys to the city? Would you condemn this Mount Vernon celebrity?

— Darrel Nash, Maple Valley

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