If you’re looking for more news stories out of the South, be careful what you wish for ("Show the South a little love," letter, Dec. 31-Jan. 1).

There is no doubt that the wire services used to compile the "American Roundup" section possess strong regional biases. These same wire services report "news" about Michael Jackson, Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin as if the future of Western civilization hung in the balance. One shouldn’t expect the writers of superficial drivel to appreciate the various reasons we Southerners take pride in both our storied heritage and our bright future.

If the powers that be realize that they have ignored stories of merit from the greatest region of the United States, it’s likely that they would attempt to correct the error by focusing on stories that perpetuate negative stereotypes. I can see it now: "Inbred, toothless farmer caught operating meth lab in mobile home."

So, let the more glamorous regions of the country keep running circles around celebrity gossip or the scandal of the week while the good people of the South enjoy (or, at least, remember) clean air, beautiful women and dominant SEC football.

Spc. Jordan CarpenterJoint Base Balad, Iraq

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