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Letters To The Editor: Feb 14 - 21

Reader doesn't see the point

Re "Bill Dorsey's Blues" [Main Feature, Jan. 31]: I'm trying to figure out the point of this article. Bill Dorsey is a sad story. I don't say that because I feel bad for him, but because of who he is. He obviously has mental problems that have never been treated. He is not a role model for men, African-American men, blind people, blind men or blind African-American men. 

It's rather disturbing that readers get to see inside his sex life. It's also rather disturbing women would want to sleep with him. This guy is not an outstanding citizen. I don't care what mental or physical disabilities a person has: Acting in a way that is a danger to one's self and society is a danger that authorities should have total control over. There are many people who have physical and mental disabilities; however, some of those people are productive citizens.

Everything about this person is wrong. In your article he states he dropped out of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind because of racial slurs. Huh ... how did the other kids know he was black? You mean the white teachers told the white students he was black? I know racism exists, and was more in the open back then, but come on. That's extreme and doesn't add up.

Could you write a story on someone who is actually a productive member of society? I know the general population likes the story of an underdog, as I do. Some people, like William Dorsey, are underdogs not because of a lack of opportunity, but because of their bad decision-making. As Vince Lombardi said, "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."

-- Kunta Fossett, Ross

Dorsey deserves attention

I wanted to take a minute to let you know how much I liked your article about Bill Dorsey. It's not often enough people take the time to stop really think about things like this. I'm glad you not only stopped to think about it, but decided to write such a wonderful article about such an interesting person in our city.

-- Andy Weigel, North Oakland

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