Letters to the ediotr

Misplaced rant
Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts' most recent rant against white people was misplaced and delusional, as usual. He takes issue with the term "thug" when referring to criminals of his own (black) race, despite the fact that "the shoe fits," so to speak.
According to Webster's dictionary, a "thug" is defined as "a hoodlum or gangster." Pitts' and his ilk's favorite kind of music is "gangsta rap," which is all about violence and killing white people, particularly white policemen.
Despite this fact, Pitts claims it's racist to refer to young black people as "thugs," even though they insist on blasting such trash from their car stereos at 150 decibels.
Pitts can't have it both ways. He can't praise "gangsta rap," which idolizes violence against whites, then call us racists when we refer to it using such terms as gangster, hoodlum or thug.
But then, when it comes to race relations, Leonard Pitts has never been rational. So why should he start now?
Ronald D. Carmony
Getting facts straight
Let me get this straight.....
We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it (but exempted themselves from it), and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a Congress which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by an obese surgeon general and financed by a country that's broke.
What the heck could possibly go wrong?'
Patrick Hotchkiss