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Be careful if you decide to play the guilt by association card

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To the editor,

It's been a while since my last letter because I've been busy with family matters. But some interesting things have been written in this paper in that time that I feel I should comment on.

First on my list is the comment that the "liberals" have a mean streak, made by the local radio show host Niel Young. Perhaps Mr. Young is so busy with his radio show that he missed these gems from the "right": Teachers are evil, (not mistaken, or ineffectual, but evil); ...

To the editor,

It's been a while since my last letter because I've been busy with family matters. But some interesting things have been written in this paper in that time that I feel I should comment on.

First on my list is the comment that the "liberals" have a mean streak, made by the local radio show host Niel Young. Perhaps Mr. Young is so busy with his radio show that he missed these gems from the "right": Teachers are evil, (not mistaken, or ineffectual, but evil); liberals hate the wealthy and Christians (those poor Kennedys probably just can't figure out why they should hate themselves). Mr. Young goes on to comment about some poor soul with obvious mental problems and his association with the "occupy" folks. If Mr. Young wants to play guilt by association I would like to talk about a mayor from Waterbury, CT., a Republican. Seems this mayor wasn't satisfied with sex in his office with his personal prostitute, so he had her bring in her two daughters, both under 13 years old. He then habitually molested them. He is now where he belongs and we can only hope he is being "reformed". Now I bring this up only to point out to Mr. Young that he should be more careful if he is going to play the guilt by association card, lest it back fire on him.

James Viverka's excellent letters seem to have Steve Earle in a tizzy. Now Mr. Earle claims he is a moderate, and if he means that he is an extreme right wing extremest moderate, maybe I could believe him. And to folks like Bernasdette Loesch who are put out by his letters because they make no sense and have no relation to anything factual, perhaps it will comfort them to know Mr Earle does not believe The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had anything to do with the civil rights laws put into effect by our government, (L.B.J. must have felt differently as M.L.K. was seated directly behind the president while he signed those laws into effect). Awhile back Mr. Earle bemoaned the fact that liberals were unfairly holding the Fox (alleged) News channel to their slogan of being "Fair And Balanced". That certainly must be a poser for him, why would anyone hold a company to their own slogan, I wonder? Now we have Mr. Earle attempting to re-write history relating to WWII. Mr. Earle and countless others have focused on the Nazi's calling themselves socialists. And of course they lump them in with the Soviets and the Chinese. Hitlers main objective was not solely to loot the treasuries of any other nation, he had his sights set on world domination and lo and behold, to rid the world of communism. Hitler called his party the Nazi's because he had used the socialist's of that time in Germany to get to power. It may come as a great surprise to many Republicans, but, he was lying!

Mr. Earle and all the others are certainly welcome to their opinions, and this world would be a much worse place if they were not allowed to voice them, I know I for one would have fewer belly laughs if they stopped writing their wonderfully comical letters.

It may come as a shock to some of you, but I agree with John Walker about the tone of the letters in this wonderful paper, I too don't appreciate the name calling from either side. But awhile back Pat Buchanan was on MSNBC and said something to the effect that it was funny to think that you could have a "civil" conversation in New Hampshire. After having read the letters in this paper for a few years I had to sadly agree with him. I also have some degree of agreement with David M. Zebuhr about doing away with the status-quo, relating to the way our government is being run, but he forgets that they both have a stronghold and aren't going to give it up easily. We the people would have to put together a third party that could unseat the established parties and begin to have a government that is truly for "the common welfare" of all it's citizens.

And one last comment to Neil Young: My grandparents came and stayed here legally, I don't need to hear how hard it is from anyone else. Now let's see who's for illegal immigrants. Republicans are always saying that they are for the small businesses in this country; I lived out west, and saw illegals working for small businesses every day. I don't claim to know what to do with illegal immigrants, but forcing small businesses to hire only properly documented workers, and severe penalties if they don't, might be a step in the right direction.

Marty Valengavich

Belmont