Darrell Huckaby’s column of May 19 was a nasty piece of narrow-minded xenophobia, even for him. He laments the “downfall” of London due to immigration and failed socialist policies. He states that “Great Britain was put into the position of having to become a haven for people who were not Brits,” who have subsequently ruined everything British about London. Great Britain put itself in this position by deciding a couple centuries ago to colonize and plunder large parts of the globe, with no thought to the native populations they overran. They imposed their way of life on these areas, with no thought to local customs. It seems that a former history teacher like Mr. Huckaby would know this. He cites the apathy of the working public, which seems like a very broad generalization for one to make after spending a few days in town. He tops it all off with the obligatory right-wing hit on the UK’s national health care system, a tired trope mindlessly repeated by those who do not know better.

Mr. Huckaby’s columns are his opinion. He is, of course, entitled to his opinion. I, however, would like to see the Citizen do better and employ a less hackneyed and more informed writer. Too many of Mr. Huckaby’s columns are as trite or worse than this one.

Don Shellenberger


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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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