Winters needs to stick to managing

When I began reading the latest column from John Winters, general manager of The Newnan Times Herald, I was initially shocked to read about restaurants he visited in a quest for a gyro, barbeque, and a hamburger.

Listing the restaurants by name, he described encountering signage at those locations that denoted “no Jews allowed,” “no homos served,” and “if you voted for Obama, you are not welcome.” He even mentioned the inflammatory “queer,” “faggot” and “infidel” in his descriptions of personal encounters with establishment owners.

I have never paid much attention to Mr. Winters’ columns because of his insane use of terms like “Little Black Dress” and “SONS of Thunder” in his delusional attempt to make his wife and son appear to be larger-than-life whacky super heroes. But this column seemed to describe our little town of Newnan as some kind of raving backwoods fantasyland full of rednecks and racist homophobes.

As I dissected the column further, I realized Mr. Winters’ use of fictional names and stereotypical characters were all a lame, tongue-in-cheek attempt to draw ire in the reader’s eyes in order to illustrate the unintended consequences of a proposed law in Arizona, where business owners there could refuse service based on religious beliefs.

Perhaps the true unintended consequences of this column is that “now” many readers may be shocked to find out that there are restaurants in our community that refuse to serve patrons who wear pink sweaters and display Obama 2008 bumper stickers. Some people oftentimes confuse satire with investigative reporting.

Mr. Winters, how about you stick to managing that newspaper and leave the clever writing to Alex McRae and Norma Haynes?

Try “Pita by Beirut” for gyros, “Shane’s Rib Shack” for barbeque, and “Texas Roadhouse” for hamburgers. Or, better yet, just stay at home and telephone in that “freaky-fast service” for a BLT at Jimmy Johns.

W.J. Butcher

Newnan



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