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Letter: That clears it up!

Re “Does the ‘n-word’ belong in the Monitor?” (Opinion page, Jan. 22):

Editor Felice Belman has cleared it up for me in her Report To Readers column. The “n-word” does not belong on the front page of the Monitor, but does belong on the fourth section of the Sunday Monitor. It does not belong in a news story, but does belong in an opinion piece.

It does not belong if it offends a single individual, but does belong if it offends a large group of people. It certainly belongs in the Report To Readers defending the use of the “n-word” in the Monitor.

ART MORSE

Pittsfield

You would be more impressive if you stuck to the point.

NEVER SAY NEVER ! What is your problem?

"People from Boston are sometimes referred to as "Bostonians" Why ? Because they are from Boston. People from Niger are sometimes referred to as Nigers." If what you wrote is an attempt at humor my problem is that it's lame. If, on the other hand, it was serious my problem is its obvious ignorance. "Never say never" is one of those old saws which really means "Never say never unless you intend to." Rather like "Don't end a sentence with a preposition" except to preserve syntax.

rest of the story : because they are from Niger ( just south of Nigeria )

People from Boston are sometimes referred to as "Bostonians" Why ? Because they are from Boston. People from Niger are sometimes referred to as Nigers.

People from Niger are NEVER referred to as Nigers - except perhaps in Breagyworld. Or was this a futile attempt at irony?

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