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Any required reading list ought to include varied perspectives

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To the editor,
Does the left really encourage critical thinking or do they just seek to criticize anyone that fails to conform? I have to ask after reading the list of suggested reading presented us by Bernadette Loesch on June 5, here in the Sun.
Wow, 24 by count and every one a progressive left winger. Now Bernadette, how in the world do you, or anyone else, broaden their perspective, garner a wide range of facts and opinions from which to make an informed judgment when they only see and hear a single point of view? Your list is not "home work", it's propaganda. The only sources you left off your list was Karl Marx and Chairmen Mao. You sound like my fellow townie Henry Osmer when he demanded everyone stop watching Fox News and tune in to MSNBC a few weeks ago.
Speaking of Henry, I see where he's still on his blame America campaign for everything. Some time ago he was saying that the U.S. sold poison gas to Iraq but after that was debunked he has now changed his term to weapons of mass destruction. Still wrong Henry, WMD are chemical, biological, or radiological. Yes I know the media has taken to calling any large explosive device a WMD but they are really not. Yes very large conventional weapons are powerful but still are not WMDs.
Back to Bernadette: I would like to suggest that she take her own advice and do her homework by reading and listening to a variety of opinions and facts available from both sides, then think and decide for herself what is reasonable rather then being told what to think and say by others.
Steve Earle