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Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Coble Defends Internment of Japanese-Americans in WWII

Congressman Howard Coble said today on a local radio call-in show that Roosevelt was right to put Japanese-Americans in internment camps during WWII. According to the News & Record, "Coble...made the remark...when a caller suggested Arabs in the United States should be confined.

"Coble, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, said he didn't agree with the caller but did agree with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who established the internment camps.

""We were at war. They (Japanese-Americans) were an endangered species," Coble said. "For many of these Japanese-Americans, it wasn't safe for them to be on the street.""

Coble no longer runs the subcommittee at work on P2P piracy, but he hasn't lost his knack for controversy.

Incomplete Answer

The N&R ran this headline today on an article about a City Council vote on a new downtown baseball stadium: "Stadium ban rejected; voters to get final say." Well, sort of. As the story explains, now that the council has voted against a ban on downtown stadia, the issue will go to the voters next fall. True, but--and this is a J-Lo big but--by then work on the actual stadium at the center of this controversy should be far enough along to be grandfathered from any moratorium. That possibility should be included in any serious discussion of this issue.

The petitioners should give up. Greensboro voted down renovations to War Memorial Stadium. The Bats owners don't want to play there. A blanket moratorium is a bad idea, and the petition itself was clearly misrepresented to many signers. The Bellemeade site isn't perfect, but it's good enough. These guys need to drop their vendetta and move on.

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