2011-12-16 / Letters

Nothing Personal

Dear Editor,

I’m glad to read that columnist Daniel Solomon is beginning to see the idea behind my pointed comments over the past couple of weeks.

He almost managed to sound offended over some of my words. Almost. It didn’t seem to deter him from once again finishing his piece with a personal shout out to me and a back handed compliment to Republicans of today by naming A. Lincoln and T. Roosevelt as great men while dismissing Republicans of today as a party “corrupted by an incredible cruelty of spirit.”

You reap what you sow Mr. Solomon and what you put your name behind is nothing more than a thinly veiled, ideological bigotry. Why would you be surprised to receive criticism on the same level?

You state that you don’t appreciate being condescended to while in the same column passing judgement on fully half the voting block of this nation.

What a wonderful bubble of selective reasoning you live in!

How soon you forget accusing the opposition party in Washington of “extortion,” stating that they were using “terrorist tactics” and stating that Republicans were advancing a “... sinister plan.” Why that was only in one column from this past summer (8/19/11).

Lastly, Mr. Solomon, I don’t discredit you for your youth, for I realize our youth are the future. I discredit you for your apparent lack of intellectual honesty and the cavalier attitude with which you pronounce value judgements on belief systems and political/ economic ideas which you have little or no experience living through or engaging in.

There’s a reason people must wait until they are 18 to vote. There’s a reason why a U.S. Senator must be 30- years-of-age or more and a President 35-years-of-age or more, to serve.

An open exchange of ideas in a democratic society is built on the belief that compromise between two opposing sides is a goal, not a failure, and that experience often has a way of tempering the hasty judgments which we are all prone to make. Before you discard half the collected wisdom of this nation in one sentence, try seeing it from the other side.


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Be careful Harold or he'll

Be careful Harold or he'll misattribute a Jefferson quote about dissent associated with communist Howard Zinn and then pronounce "checkmate" as he bushes up on the Internationale. Listening, appreciating experience and having a moral center are not things I'd associate with young Mr. Solomon. Misguided left-wing anti-American diatribes are more his speed with a egotist/narcissist stylistic mashup. Oddly typical of smart--not brilliant--people.

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