The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 12, 2014

Letter: Don’t let Gary James be the news about Enid

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — I watched Channel 4’s news recently with jaw dropped and stomach turning as Gary James of the Chicaro Club proudly stated his intolerance of anyone who doesn’t look like or act like him. Thank God there are plenty of open-minded, shrewd citizens of Enid who fit into this category.

Enid, dear, dear Enid — you are better than this. You have so much to offer the world: Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse, the Enid Symphony, David Allen Memorial Ballpark, history, pride and culture.

Don’t let Gary be the news about Enid. This is not a news story that I want to hear about my hometown.

Let me hear the news story about Enid refusing to continue supporting such an extremist, intolerant man. Let the world know that Enid is a great place to live and work, no matter you race, color, creed or sexual preference.

As a longtime-banned customer of the Chicaro Club for disagreeing with his extremist perspective, I would urge all of you to stop encouraging such a narrow-minded viewpoint.

Just because Gary says it’s OK to be a bigot, doesn’t mean that it is.

Kristen Ritchie

Oklahoma City