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Wondering: Shouldn’t We Ignore Redneck Valentine?

Wondering: Regarding this Valentine person, wouldn’t it be best to simply ignore him and his signs? By noting in the press and discussing this unpleasant behavior, we are giving him the attention he craves. When I see waste matter on the street, I don’t step in it.

DFO: Excellent question, Wondering. I opt for the philosophy that the late Bill Wassmuth had toward Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler and other like-minded cockroaches: Keep shining a light on ‘em. They multiply when good people fail to pay attention. Of course, this situation is a bit different. Here, we have one man with a chip on his shoulder trying to stir things up, not a racist organization trying to gain a foothold.

Question: Should Valentine and his bigoted messages be ignored?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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