To read John Florez's column (Feb. 25), one would think Sen. Chris Buttars had arrived on the Senate floor dressed in white sheets and the state Senate had brought the gasoline. Why didn't the Senate react faster when a potentially racially insensitive comment was uttered? Perhaps it was because, unlike the ubersensitive race monitors of the NAACP and others, the Senate was not looking for excuses to take offence.

I am not trying to justify Buttars' remark. It was certainly inappropriate. But to say it was hate speech is overreaching. And saying it was a violation of anyone's civil rights is absolutely ludicrous.

Brian Myers