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Arguing with people you don't know on these pages is sucker's game

To The Daily Sun,

I've often wondered why a newspaper allows "bullying" on their opinion pages and more than one person has asked me why I don't respond to my so-called critics. I consider bullying to be offensive and wish not to encourage them. I have a sneaking suspicion that those few (the minority fringe) who choose to be offensive, resort to name calling, and being very personal in their remarks, are some of our "older denizens". You see? I could have said "old farts" but I didn't. Their unrelenting negativity and half-truths are definite signs of bullying.
Arguing with anonymous people on these pages is a sucker's game. Inevitably they turn out to be like self-righteous teenagers who have a lot of time on their hands. As a wise man once said: "It's like wrestling with a pig. You both get dirty but the pig will enjoy it." "Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference" — Mark Twain.
One can see how easy it is to fall into the bully trap. Sometimes I think that the only cure for them is six feet of dirt but someone once said that even death can't cure someone with questionable cognitive capacity! One famous comedian suggested that to argue with one of them would only bring you down because they would beat you with experience.
I've never been known to turn the other cheek but for those Christians who do, this would be a good note with which to end: "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him." Proverbs 26:4

George Maloof

Plymouth

 
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