blackmanThe Debate Continues – See letter below

To the Editor: Last month you published the following letter from Ken Batewell. I don’t know who is more foolish – you for publishing his nasty letter or Mr. Batewell for writing it to begin with. I don’t happen to be either Irish or English, nor do I pass as an African American – but I do work for a British company here in the USA. I can assure Mr. Batewell that in England the days of discriminating against the Irish (or blacks) are long since gone.

I’ll go farther and side with Mr. Brown that, in my view, this Newsletter does have a decided bias in favor of Perdomo cigars. As evidence, why else would Nick Perdomo give you that new hot poster displayed above your humidors?

Joe Rodriguez, Monroe


Reprint of Ken Batewell’s letter from last month:

“Joe Brown Is All Wet:

          Your customer Joe Brown was all wet last month in his letter to the Editor which claimed that this newsletter is biased toward Perdomo cigars. Ironically, he then proceeded to endorse your recent addition of Joya de Nicaragua Antanos, which happened to have been my suggestion. I’ve never met Mr. Brown but I have learned that he is obsessed with Chubby Shorts (the Cuban Stock line). I happen to be Irish and, as such, I resent someone with an English name trying to push his own faulty taste in cigars onto the rest of us.

                                                                             Kenny Batewell, Chester”

Editor’s Responses:

1.  Joe R., We pride ourselves on printing all letters, no matter how obnoxious they may be to some of us. Witness the fact that we printed Joe Brown’s original letter accusing us of bias towards Perdomo, with which you apparently agree.

2.  Kenny, it just so happens that Joe Brown occasionally smokes Perdomos as well as Chubby Shorts – and, incidentally, he’s African American, not English. So don’t get your Irish temper all fired up.                

Your tobacconist

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