LETTER: One chastised, another revered

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

The common source is Wikipedia.

"Paula Ann Hiers Deen (born Jan. 19, 1947) is an American cook, former cooking show host, restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality. Deen resides in Savannah, Ga., where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published 14 cookbooks. ... She grew up Baptist and is still deeply devoted to her faith. Her parents died before she was 23, and an early marriage ended in divorce."

"Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr. Nov. 20, 1917 - June 28, 2010) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. ... In the early 1940s, Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Sophia, W.V. ... When it came time to elect the top officer (Exalted Cyclops) in the local Klan unit, Byrd won unanimously."

Byrd worked as a gas station attendant, a grocery store clerk, a shipyard welder during World War II and a butcher before he won a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1946. After that, clear sailing as a public servant — not exactly a self-made success in my view.

Let's see now, this divorced young mother worked diligently to gain the status she has had to this point, self-made and successful,    you could say.

Both, I imagine, regretted some early discriminatory indiscretions. One is being chastised, the other revered in the halls of Congress.

Duane McCartney