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Let us not confuse intellectualism with pseudo-intellectualism

To The Daily Sun,

I wonder if the writer who directly links me to "anti-intellectualism" (March 30), beyond some arm-chair textbook definition, has any real knowledge or understanding of what he is talking about. I have witnessed, first hand, the ravages of anti-intellectualism. Well before the Khmer Rouge horrors, which began in '75, I was in Vietnam seeing duty with the 1st Air Cav, oftentimes not far from the Cambodia border, where I and many others became aware of the stream of Cambodians already fleeing the anticipated beginnings of Poll-Pot's social restructuring, which was driven in large part by anti-intellectualism. The horror, that was! To off-handedly link me then to "anti-intellectualism" without knowing a thing about me, is absurd, pathetic and incomprehensibly stupid.

What in fact I do object to, however, more accurately, is pseudo-intellectualism, where an individual such as this writer, displays his intellect, not tempered by good judgment or reason, and disconnected from sound values and principles — more as an elitist badge, than as a helpful tool. Had the writer actually applied some measure of intellect, he would have realized he was also aiming his absurd and callous accusation at, not only me, but also at a very large body of people in Gilmanton, stating that because they refuse to support town funding for the Gilmanton Year Round Library ... that they are basically stupid. Well, allow me to intellectualize this the best way I can: I am very happy and content to be amongst the stupid and not sitting alongside him in his ivory tower, looking down on the little people.

Al Blake

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Isn't Islamic terror a greater threat to the world than climate change?

To The Daily Sun,

A huge vote of thanks to The Laconia Daily Sun for printing the condescending, descending-to-new-depths snobbery, letter of Mirno C. Pasquali. He being the Lakes Region's most prominent, letter writing physician's assistant. I sighted several more reasons to question the "science is settled" mantra of the man-made climate change purveyors in a recent letter. I have offered many different ones in previous letters. I mentioned how colleges are struggling to find funding for this very questionable crusade and that courses are being deleted due to the growing number of factual errors that have finally seen the light of day, despite efforts to squelch open discussion and free speech. The left leaves it's liberty squashing imprint wherever it goes, does it not?

Now Mr. Pasquali, being a man of science, knows that the science is never settled. I'll bet he even knows that the United States has more energy resources than all of the Middle Eastern countries combined. Why we leave so much of it untapped is the result of the utopian madness of the Democrats. Not very democratic or humanitarian of them I would say.

"Climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time" says the Canadian government, according to Mr. Pasquali. I assume he feels the same way the Canadian government does, along with President Obama, John Kerry and Bernie Sanders. Yes, forget about the radical Islamist jayvee squads and the onslaught of un-vetted, illegal immigrants. The notion that the seas might rise another couple of inches by 2100 is where our worst fears should be placed, demands the climate alarmists.

Mr. Pasquali, I feel compelled to ask you one simple question. Is it even remotely possible that the rapidly growing, world wide, terrorist, Islamist caliphate, is a more serious threat to mankind? Since you write as though you just might possibly be a disciple of the left, you will never admit that the leftist movement is the other major threat to our way of life. Like professor Cracraft, who also writes like he is from the left, Mirno appears to have no idea just how nasty and haughty he comes across in his letters. I guess that just comes with the territory when your ideology is cemented in the notion that "my way is the only way." That is why this physician's assistant is able to tell readers, when referring to me, Russ is "wallowing in the depths of his ignorance." It must be so comforting to know that one has laid claim to such self-righteousness and therefore is tethered with the awful task of educating the great unwashed. Or perhaps it is a terrible burden and that is why the left comes across as so angry and impatient with those of differing views. So different from that which they know to be the one and only truth.

Russ Wiles

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