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The Ketchikan City Council missed an opportunity for good public relations with the community earlier this month when it decided against operating a shuttle service to the Ted Ferry Civic Center for two popular arts events.

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In other words, they want to rationalize it or don't want to talk about it at all.

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4/29/2014
Unacceptable

It appears to be a sordid story, and it's likely there's more to it.

It involves a billionaire, his wife and his girlfriend, and an NBA basketball team — the Los Angeles Clippers.

The team's owner, Donald Sterling, is the billionaire, who allegedly made racist remarks about black men, prompting a groan through the crowd of fans and sponsors. Yep, such comments are unacceptable. They are today; they should have been yesterday, and, hopefully will be for all time to come.

The team's owner told his girlfriend he didn't want her to be seen in the company of black men. She recorded the comment, and it has surfaced on the Internet.

In this day and age, people — especially a celebrity, politician, captain of industry or other influential citizen — must behave as if a recorder or video is on and capturing whatever they say and/or do. If that's kept in mind, it just might improve behavior.

Additionally, people are just that, people, regardless of color. One color isn't superior to another; everyone is equal and should be treated as such.

We're all just people. We all have different abilities and choose to exercise them in a variety of ways. That makes each of us different in what we can do and achieve, but it still comes down to we're all just people — even billionaires who own basketball teams.

Of course, an apology is in order, and other sanctions are expected as soon as the recording is verified as that of the Clippers' owner.