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It was fascinating to read of Mr. Otis Clark (Feb. 25), a South King County resident who just turned 106.

Based on this article, it appears Mr. Clark is a truly distinguished gentleman who has certainly led an interesting life that is rich with accomplishment.

Mr. Clark has much to be proud of, and having a gentleman of his stature as a member in our community, we should all be proud.

I was astonished, then, to see listed on the Federal Way Mirror's Web site, directly under his picture, listed under the heading of "Related Stories," an opinion piece by Walter Backstrom titled "Using the N-word safely."

Holy crap!

This begs the question: Why on Earth would anyone want to associate a 6-month-old article documenting the current trend in our youth/young adult culture of using the N-word with this article featuring a truly distinguished gentleman from our community, who just so happens to be black?

Don't get me wrong, I totally agree with Mr. Backstrom. However, listing his opinion piece as somehow "related" to a good article featuring this fine gentleman seems entirely inappropriate.

While I think more should be said of this, I am now entirely speechless.

Can we see some class here folks?

I mean, beyond Mr. Clark's obvious display of class?

Nick Sutton, Federal Way

Asst. Web editor's note: Our "Related Stories" box relies on a programming script that searches the headline of each story and posts the best matches of that result in the box. In this case, the search turned up results for the term "word," which is why Mr. Backstrom's editorial showed up. The error was regrettable, but unintentional. The headline has since been changed and the Related Stories box has been removed.

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