No Name-Calling

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Editor:

As a longtime reader (15 years), I applaud your new policy of rejecting letters that use “name-calling” etc. and inappropriate language in your letters column.

I have written many letters expressing my opinion, and most of them have been published.

I am tired and frankly sickened by the constant name-calling of our president, “Marxist, communist, Muslim, (not that Muslim is a bad word, but it is patently not true), Hitler, etc. I don’t believe those terms and others should be used against anyone.

Everyone has the right to express their opinion and that is one of the principles that makes this country great. But let’s criticize on a higher level without gutter language or name-calling.

Since we live in what is called the most water-rich part of the state, should the restrictive xeriscaping laws be abolished? What are the pros and cons of 5,000 more students at GCC?

Maybe letters to the editor should be solicited three weeks in advance —- “On June 15 we will be publishing letters on some specific issue

Always err on the side of too little censorship! Maybe everyone should be limited to three letters per month.

Parenthetically, Mr. Aleshire, I believe you yourself could use a good editor. Your stories go on far, far too long for anyone but your most diehard fans to read to the end, especially in a small town NEWSpaper. And how many words were in your editorial requesting suggestions for letters to the editor? I bet it was close to 450. In my humble opinion, it could have been cut to around 300. Too, please quit reminding the readership what a sensitive guy you are — I’ve seen this at least two or three times in the eight months I’ve been a subscriber; it’s really quite pointless, isn’t it?

Tom Larson

Editor’s note: Ouch.

Comments

Donald Cline 1 year, 7 months ago

"I am tired and frankly sickened by the constant name-calling of our president, “Marxist, communist, Muslim, (not that Muslim is a bad word, but it is patently not true), Hitler, etc. I don’t believe those terms and others should be used against anyone." Really! On the other hand, is it not true that if you do not call a spade a spade, spade supporters will convince everyone else it's a shovel? There is also the old saw about "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck (even if it is wearing the feathers of a peacock). Tom, there is no doubt that Barry Soetoro (alias Obama, Jr., whose father was not Obama Sr.) is a Marxist agenda-driven apparatchnik who bows and scrapes before Muslim princes, gives speeches before UN assemblies using quotations from the Qu'ran, gives preference to Muslim applicants for employment in his regime, has admitted to being a socialist (which Karl Marx said is a staging point in preparation for a Marxist revolution) and has no respect for the United States Constitution or Bill of Rights. You can deny reality all you want to, but you could choose to wake up and smell the stench.

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