Cur­mud­geon with a col­umn

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 18 John Kelso col­umn “If you want a cheap flight on Spirit, leave stuff at home.”

I reg­u­larly read John Kelso’s col­umn and am re­peat­edly of­fended, bored and be­wil­dered by his topics and his ir­rel­e­vant, inane ob­ser­va­tions. Any ac­tual ar­gu­ment for or against Spirit’s CEO is anes­thetized by Kelso’s bar­rage of ir­rel­e­vant, hy­po­thet­i­cal rhetoric and half-wit al­lu­sions.

To top it off, he closes this non­sen­si­cal di­a­tribe by per­pet­u­at­ing the stereo­type that peo­ple iden­ti­fied as Mid­dle East­ern are of­ten un­de­servedly searched by TSA be­cause of their ap­pear­ance: “Can you say strip search?” I found my­self go­ing back, try­ing to fol­low his logic and un­der­stand how I ended up with the fi­nal words “strip search.” I also found the word spank used at the be­gin­ning of the col­umn and the jab at Grey­hound Bus’ rep­u­ta­tion with a lower-in­come clien­tele rather taste­less.

Kelso might be a bea­con of cul­tural ideals to some peo­ple, but to me he seems a some­what close-minded cur­mud­geon with a col­umn.

Chris Galis


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