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Christmas: politically correct?

Posted: December 14, 2008 6:30 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2008 4:30 a.m.
 

Reading the Dec. 12, 2008, Signal, I am recalling John Boston lamenting politically correct zealots who attack Thanksgiving and the mere mention of "Christmas" in a column he called "Claremont's Jews and Friendly Nazis."

I am also noticing that on your front page you tease the "Escape" section's "holiday lights" extravaganza.

Then I'm noticing a story, also on Page One, about a Christmas tree/Hanukkah menorah controversy.

And I am wondering why, in that 500-word article, the word "Christmas" is never mentioned. How can a journalist write an entire story about a Christmas tree without mentioning "Christmas"?

So I then turn to your Escape section to read your special report on local "holiday lights." There are only about a dozen words on the cover of Escape, yet "holiday" is repeated twice and there's no mention of "Christmas."

And now I hit your Web site to try and glean some intelligence as to your aversion to the word "Christmas," and I see a headline touting "street lights."

The article isn't about lights mounted on poles that illuminate streets in the interest of safety, which is what a "street light" is. Nope. The article is about decorative Christmas lights!

Has The Signal turned into one of those politically correct rags that I'm sure its own columnist would object to? Shouldn't truth and clarity trump your bizarre desire to strip the word "Christmas" from headlines and - in the case of your Page One story Dec. 12 - even from your news reporting?

I think it should!

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