Carter column stirs passions of readers

Last week I wrote a column about former president, author and do-gooder Jimmy Carter. The next day, I clicked open Outlook Express and wow! Here is a small but representative sample from the e-mail that gushed forth:

When an ex-president hasn't enough sense to know to keep his unelected mouth shut, he d--- sure doesn't know how much harm he can cause, sticking his mouth and nose into our national foreign policy. Keep it up, Bill, and you may be ready for the funny farm, too.

- Cecil and Carleen Toole

I have never understood the animosity many people have for Jimmy Carter. Maybe I missed something, but everything I know about him tells me he is one of our nation's greats. So thank you for your brave column.

- Joan King

I think that you, as well as Mr. Carter, confer too much import and significance upon the Camp David Accords. If the Accords had contributed in any substantive way toward resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict, then Jimmy would not have found it necessary, or expedient, to conceive "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" some 30 years later.

- Curt P. Beeman

President Carter's term led to strong environmental legislation and deregulation of trucking, rail, airline, finance, communications and oil industries. He appointed Paul Volcker to the Fed, and Volcker really taught Greenspan how to do it. He gave us the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaty, full diplomatic relations with China and the work on the SALT II treaty. Sometimes, he seems to get a little nagging, and, of course, he displays a bit of an ego problem, just like our other favorite son, Newt Gingrich.

- Brantly Callaway

When the Carter haters respond to your column, look at it this way: These are the same men - almost all of the adverse reaction will be male - who are also Eleanor [Roosevelt] haters (and for that matter, Hillary haters). Why don't you respond to them with the single question, "To help me place your views in perspective, what is your opinion of Eleanor Roosevelt?"

- Bob Pando

Jimmy Carter and George Bush may be proof that men with high moral standards make lousy modern presidents. I see many parallels. I was not better off when President Carter left, and I'm not better off now that President Bush is in.

- Paul

Not even the current moronic occupant of the Oval Office was as disastrous to the country and to his political party as your boy, Jimmy Carter. I hope he rots in hell with the rest of his Nazi friends. He is a liar and a fraud. Maybe he should stick to building houses for the poor and shut the blank up.

- Katherine Jacobs

I will sum up my comments in one statement. For every good work Jimmy Carter has ever done, I can give you two bad works for which he is responsible. As sorry as Bill Clinton was as a chief executive, he had more sense than Jimmy Carter - not much, but a little more.

- W. R. Merritt

Of Jimmy Carter, who would've guessed he would mature into the gifted elder statesman, still breaking down barriers, still pushing the envelope? Your coverage shows that rare gift for seeing both sides of this fallible human being.

- Katey Evans

President Carter is a good person. I am reading his book. I found it a fast read, and I agree with what he writes. Through Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Center, he has done much more to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide than any Republican president ever has. I'm tired of Zionist extremists censoring media reporting that says there are two sides to the issues in the Middle East.

- Lynn Thorndyke

Carter is a two-faced anti-Semitic fool, and you, sir, are a liberal twit.

- Gerald Greenway

After years of "despising" Carter, I had to write him a note of thanks recently regarding his new book. You're certainly right about the title. However, putting his name on that book took loads of nerve, as you know. Anyone in the media is loathe to touch it, or him.

- Henry Hagan

As far as Jimmy Carter is concerned, the "good book" says "you will know them by their works." And I don't care what anybody says, I'll bet President Carter has helped more with less in a shorter amount of time than all the critics attacking him have done combined. Maybe this is an overstatement, but Jimmy has been understated way too long.

- Russ Story

Syndicated columnist Bill Shipp writes on Georgia politics. E-mail him at bshipp@bellsouth.net. Have any thoughts about this column? Share them with us at letters@gwinnettdailypost.com. Letters should be no more than 200 words and are subject to approval by the publisher. Letters may be edited for style and space requirements. Please sign your name and provide an address and a daytime telephone number. Address letters for publication to: Letters to the Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0603. The fax number is 770-339-8081.