He didn’t really say that, did he?

Many of these blog posts make their way into local newspapers as letters to the editor. Some began life that way.

Occasionally, the letters draw fire from local right-wingers, which is fine … everyone is entitled to an opinion. But, too often, the responses from that side of the spectrum are rabid and seldom make much sense so I try not to get wrapped up in tit-for-tat spats.

But the response to a letter about the Republican presidential debates published in local papers last month sent me back to the original. While the author referenced my letter several times in his, the two didn’t seem to have much in common.

My letter is posted here. Kinder Chambers’ letter, which was published in Monday’s Temple Telegram (Oct. 10) is posted here. If it was published one of the county papers, I’m sorry but I missed it.

Perhaps he couldn’t verbalize his position, or his issue with my point. Maybe the letter was poorly edited. Whatever, his letter appears to excuse the Tea Partiers who cheered for an uninsured man’s death, attributing it to a mob mentality. Then, he seems to glorify the days — which are, regrettably, not that deep in our history — of swift and brutal frontier justice, of the days when a public hanging was a public spectacle and by gawd, he praw’ly deserved it! Finally he seems to advocate for summary execution of society’s “drones,” whoever they are (I’m sure he knows who they are, even if we don’t).

Sadly, judging by this response, the point I made in my original missive was spot on: “Your far right friends and neighbors would just as soon see you die rather than see any tax money go to your support.”


About Richard Stone

... is a husband, a father, a writer, a journalist, an activist, an avid reader of trash science fiction and an occasional folk/bluegrass guitar player. He loves to travel, UT sports, community theater and sharing a good bottle of wine with good friends.
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