Just yesterday, listening to Dr. Laura, I found myself saying, “Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!” and actually clapping my hands.  A mother and son had called Dr. Laura for help.  The son had just had a run-in with Dad violent enough so that they had called the police.  During the course of the call Mom and son had talked honestly with Dr. Laura, the son saying he did not think his father loved him and was constantly on his case, the mother explaining that the son and the father were of opposite types.  I will not recap the whole story but in talking with the son Dr. Laura beautifully explained to him that the father was actually coming from love but worried about the boy’s future and needed to feel he was handling things, etc., etc.  It was my opinion that she gave the boy much needed insight, that she handled the psychological underpinnings of the situation with a surgical precision born of years of experience.   It was truly beautiful.   Dr. Laura has not survived 30 years on radio without having much on the ball.  Callers are constantly thanking her for what she does for them.

Today I learned Dr. Laura will not be renewing her radio contract at the end of the year  because of public outcry after a recent program.    I am more than dismayed.  An intelligent, honest voice should never be silenced.  Yes, I listened as she said “nigger” several times over the radio.  If it is true that blacks actually call each other “nigger” frequently, with impunity, she should be allowed to speak that truth.  If she lies, call her on that.  But don’t claim that there is a word that only blacks are allowed to speak.  As I repeatedly say on my blog,  truth is truth.

Some years back Laura had to apologize for calling homosexuals “deviants.”   If there is indeed such a thing as  “normal,” then homosexuals deviate from that normal.  Again, truth is truth.

Dr. Laura, some things you say I do not agree with.  But like millions of others, I appreciate the good that you do and the love that you bring to your work.  Callers get an honest opinion from a professional – free! – what more could one ask for?  You were a very valuable resource and I am hoping you will reconsider giving up your program.

If you actually do leave, in my opinion it would be a good idea to gather a big batch of “The Best of Dr. Laura” into a package that could be sold to radio stations to be  broadcast for years to come. Then your light could shine on and on.

Don’t go, Dr. Laura.

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I want to make it clear I’m not retiring, I’m not quitting, I’m stronger and freer to say my mind, and I have the freedom to speak my mind when I’m not in a venue where my advertisers and stations will be attacked, she says.  So I’m very liberated. — Dr. Laura