- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
Quote is taken out of context
To the editor:
One of the dimmest of the dim bulbs of rightist talk radio, Sean Hannity claims over and over again that he does not take Michelle Obama's notorious statement -- "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country" -- out of context. Oh, yes, he does take it out of context. Or, rather, because of the way he does it, perhaps it would be better to say that he takes context out of it.
The full sentence reads: "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country." The word "really" is an intensive: an adjective or adverb which serves to intensify the meaning of the word which it modifies. Her inclusion of the word means that there have been other occasions for pride of country before, but that the particular one which occasioned that particular statement of hers was one of Barack Obama's electoral triumphs, I believe it was -- and it stands out in her mind.
Of course, to include the word would not fit Hannity's agenda to, as he says, "stop Obama." When Hannity omits that word, he is fudging the truth. He cannot claim ignorance, because he repeatedly plays the sound bite on his program. Sadly, it only vindicates my low opinion of him and his ilk.
DONN S. MILLER, Tamms, Ill.