Council for America My Country
"To Empower to Practise Good Citizenship"

965 Clover Court, Blue Bell, PA 19422 T: (610) 277-0149 F: (610) 277-3992

Jerry Boucher
Steve S. Choi
Mary Etezady
Don Kim
Il Hwan Kim
Sang Joo Kim
Director for Systems Management
Deputy Director for Voter Registration
Director for Outreach
Tae Shik Kwon
Jae Jin Ma
Willie Pai
Choon Ki Yoo
Ae Sook Yoon
Il Joong Yoon
Director for Community Relations
Deputy Secretary
Deputy Director for Outreach
Director for Ageing & Elder Care
Director for Voter Registration

November 1, 2000

Editor / The Record via fax to 215-957-8165

"Group says GOP snubbed debate (The Record, Tuesday, October 31, 2000)

Dear Madam/Sir:

The referenced piece, authored by John Corcoran, Staff Writer, has been brought to my attention, and I find that the statements Frank R Bartle, chairman, montgomery county republican committee (MCRC), was quoted as saying are nothing but asinine excuses and reflect a Neanderthal logic at best.

It will be revealing to revisit what a faithful republican who was familiar with the episode last year commented when all republican candidates declined the CAMC-sponsored debate: " I think it [republican party and its candidates] is prejudiced against the Korean community that they are not coming to this [debate] ... they [republicans] are not letting us be part of the process ... I am a republican and ... ashamed".(Philadelphia Inquirer; "Rejection of debate portrayed as racism", October 20, 1999)

The remarks couldn't have been made better. Indeed they were prophetic and fulfilled again this year.

I did write letters to the republican candidates who dodged the invitation to the debate. However, Bartle willfully made a false statement when he said I "send lengthy letters". In fact, they are only one (1) page-long letters. We are of the view that those who are running for public offices should be held accountable for what they say to people and that people need to know those politicians' stated positions on issues and concerns of the community. Bartle and his republican candidates poltroonishly ducked the questions presented in an elementary level of English which can be easily answered with yes or no. Amusingly, I heard no republican candidates refused to attend fundraisers that were organised by ethnic minority groups while avoiding debate organised by an ethnic minority group.

Bartle submitted to me his answers* in writing to my queries, dated September 20, 2000, in which he harangued four-points grandiloquent rhetoric including on what his party's stance and policy towards developing a working relationship with minority groups was. * Please refer to CAMC website, We note a huge gulf of irreconcilable disparity and incongruity between his embellished words and behaviour.

We are beneficiaries of this great land of opportunity, which we call America My Country. We want to contribute to the great heritage of American tradition. Why do Frank R Bartle and other republican candidates slant us and slander us ?


Sang Joo Kim / signed

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