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July 31, 2014

Thursday letters: Pinson trial smashed stereotype

If you had asked Columbians what a “good-ol’-boy” system was, they probably would have described aging, overweight, balding, white-skinned guys with sweaty foreheads dressed in white seersucker suits and stuffing government money in their pockets (i.e., Boss Hog). After the Pinson trial, we now can say that “good-ol’-boyism” is no respecter of skin pigmentation. We sure blew up that stereotype.

If you had asked Columbians what a “good-ol’-boy” system was, they probably would have described aging, overweight, balding, white-skinned guys with sweaty foreheads dressed in white seersucker suits and stuffing government money in their pockets (i.e., Boss Hog). After the Pinson trial, we now can say that “good-ol’-boyism” is no respecter of skin pigmentation. We sure blew up that stereotype.

And not to put too fine a point on the matter, it may be a matter of judgment whether the mayor should put the “stripper trip” on his statement of economic interests. However, there is no question that it should have been reported on his tax return.

James M. Holloway Jr.

Columbia

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