Regarding J. Peder Zane’s Sept. 10 column “ Democrats and their ‘ism’ campaign” alleging that the reason people are upset about Thom Tillis addressing Sen. Kay Hagan as “Kay” is because they are “hardcore partisans working to advance a phony narrative”: I am afraid Zane does not get it. There is no “ism” to it. It was just plain rude.
Hagan is a United States senator elected by the people of North Carolina. Whether we like her or not, whether we approve of her policies or not, she deserves respect for that fact alone. Choosing to address her by her first name was disrespectful of her position.
As a born and raised North Carolinian, I believe it was disrespectful of her as a person, too. I was taught we do not address a lady or a gentleman by first name until we have been asked to do so. It is just bad manners.
If Zane believes that Tillis choosing to address Hagan by her first name was not a carefully calculated decision intended to diminish her in the eyes of the voters, he really doesn’t get it. Tillis only diminished himself instead.