You may have missed it while sulking in the Seahawks loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but Washington state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon tweeted and later deleted a Twitter message stating that it’s hard to lose to a “racist wasteland.” We received several submissions in response, this one from a reader in Arizona:
I’ve just read an article in an Arizona newspaper about the sports trash talk. Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, I would like to respond [“Lawmaker calls Arizona ‘racist wasteland,’” NWMonday, Dec. 23].
If Fitzgibbon’s comments were indeed just sports trash talk, his words were in extremely bad taste. If, however, they were his true feelings about the state of Arizona, I find his words completely offensive and extremely uninformed. I live in Yuma, a city approximately 30 miles north of the U. S-Mexico border. Let me say this, please do not criticize the state of Arizona until you have walked a mile in our shoes.
Do not buy-in or believe all of the political rhetoric or the news media. Do your own investigation into the facts. After you have been enlightened by the true facts, then offer your point of view.
— Sandy Schug, Mesa, Ariz.