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Regarding the hoopla surrounding the ouster of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling: First, a disclaimer. I am in my mid-70s and have no interest in the NBA or basketball and never heard of Mr. Sterling until recently.

I was shocked to see this story being hawked as the lead story on at least two of the national TV news channels (NBC and CBS), ahead of tornados that have devastated Southern states and all the dangerous goings on involving Russia. No, in America, somebody talking privately about his admittedly reprehensible views about race but not breaking any laws — except maybe the “law” of common sense — takes precedence.

Of course, I am in no way condoning this anachronistic way of thinking, but c’mon! Haven’t we all said things during our lifetimes that we regret? And to think: a $2.5 million fine, for speaking his opinion in a setting that was never supposed to see the light of day. Mr. Sterling is banned for life from any association with the Clippers and, topping it off, will probably be forced to sell the team.

Is this the America we learned about in our civics classes in high school? I think not.

PATRICIA KNEZEVICH
Whitehall


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