County Executive Gorski's political mailing is just a photograph of a kid with spaghetti on his head. It is a human piece of humor with no subliminal slur attached. The fact that Joel Giambra sees something that is not there is the character test he fails. The fact that a picture causes him to cry foul shows that he may not have the toughness and discipline needed to run Erie County.
His immature response to the mailing shows why Buffalo is dying. For it would seem to suggest that he has no educated view by which to balance emotion. Giambra cannot make the preposterous argument of ethnic insensitivity stick. Spaghetti is as American as apple pie. Besides, the photograph does not even suggest the slightest Italian stereotype. It is clean.
JOHN E. KILBURN Buffalo