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Letter: Beyond the pale

As a public service to its readers who may be eating breakfast while reading, I think it behooves the Monitor to provide a “Choking Alert” message when printing such outrages as Ben Carson’s claim, “Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. It is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government” (“Who in the world is Ben Carson?” Monitor Forum, Oct. 24).

It was bad enough when former New Hampshire House speaker Bill O’Brien compared Obamacare to the Fugitive Slave Act, but from an African-American man, who is not only a doctor but one whose parents were from rural Georgia and likely descendants of slaves, is beyond the pale.

As a 70-year-old white woman from New Orleans, I know how difficult survival was for African-Americans back in the day, particularly those whose only employment opportunities lay in service to wealthy white families who still yearn for the “Glories of the Old South,” and the personal compromises they had to make. And it is not my place to bandy the term “Uncle Tom” about lightly, if at all. However, Carson’s analogy smacks of nothing less. How dare he!

Now I am really off my feed.

DARLENE OLIVO

Concord

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