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Hateful words don’t belong on the side of any food truck I totally disagree and am unsettled by Daniel Weaver’s July 28 Viewpoint bashing NYRA [New York Racing Association] for banning the food truck at Saratoga. He fails to show the hurt and hatefulness these words are to Italian-Americans. NYRA was right to ban this truck from Saratoga from any complaints that the name offended people of a certain ethnic group! Would he [feel the ...


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robbump
August 5, 2013
1:52 p.m.

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Michael A. Prezio writes ("Hateful words don’t belong on the side of any food truck") that "NYRA was right to ban this truck..."
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I've been looking over my copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
I find a "freedom of speech", "to bear arms", "freedom of religion", and quite a few other rights ...
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But nowhere do I find a "right not to be offended".
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The time to have found offense was before the state entered into negotiations to have "The Wandering Dago" as a vendor at the track. They should let the market decide how distasteful the name is .... let those who disapprove boycott the food, and let those who don't care avail themselves of the fine food.
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I don't need my government-nanny to make my moral decisions for me.

wmarincic
August 5, 2013
4:42 p.m.

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I agree with robbump, I'm German and if someone named a food truck "The Sour Kraut" I could care less. We have more things to worry about than if someone with thin skin has their feelings hurt. I say I hope they sue NYRA.

Newsworthy
August 5, 2013
9:31 p.m.

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I agree with robbump and wmarincic. NYRA knew the name when they contracted with the truck's owners; based on that, I believe NYRA owes the truck's owners whatever reasonable profits they could have expected from the racing season plus the cost of any spoiled food resulting from the ban. Mr. Prezio is perpetuating whatever negative connotations he believes exist with the word "dago" when he explains it to his son. Mr. Prezio and others that won't let it go are the real problem.

Fritzdawg
August 6, 2013
2:28 a.m.

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Michael A. Prezio:

Hey, good thing you explained that to your daughter.
Otherwise she might have missed out on being offended.
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Hey, let's see what else we can be offended by.
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The term "Paddy Wagon" is actually an insult to the Irish, suggesting that they get arrested all the time.
The modern day equivalent, would be "N****r Wagon".
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Are you a "Yankee Doodle Dandy"?
"Doodle" at the time, was simply a way to call someone a simpleton or idiot, and a "Dandy", was little more than a flamboyant (ahem) "confirmed bachelor".
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"Mickey's" Irish Ale refers to "micks", another term that is derogatory to the Irish.
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What if he named his truck "Guidos"?
That word is often used as a stereotypical slur for low-class Italian-Americans.
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What about "Eskimo Pie", "Aunt Jemima", or "Uncle Ben"?
All derogatory.
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Have you ever referred to someone's buttocks as a "Heinie"?
That term was originally used as slang(during both world wars) for "German", so essentially every time you use the word "Heinie, or "Hiney", you are implying that Germans are A Holes.
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My grand parents were born in Germany, and Italy.
So what?
For all I know, THEIR grandparents moved there from Russia, or Norway or wherever.

Bottom line is, I was born HERE, and I AM AN AMERICAN, (damned proud of it too) and to identify myself as being of any other nationality is disingenuous at best.
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Now go forth and be offended if that's what floats your boat, but please stop infecting the next generation with that nonsense.

wmarincic
August 6, 2013
7:46 a.m.

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Fritzdawg, I take back 83% of everything I ever said to you. Great letter.

tues8capt
August 7, 2013
9:04 p.m.

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All of you people are correct; we certainly have more important things to worry about than perceived heritage insults. I'm a tad tired of being PC and not offending anyone. Perhaps we should focus a bit more more on our corrupt government, state and federal, and removing it, before it becomes totalitarian. And perhaps we might say a prayer for two year old Logan and his family, who have endured what most of us could never envision. Godspeed, Logan, and may God bless.

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