Check the definition of civility
The August 22 editorial by Explorer Editor Thelma hit the nail on the head. My wife and I have both received unsigned letters, not very nice ones I might add, concerning letters we have had published in the local press. I even found an unsigned note on my windshield (subject of a previous, published letter to the editor) and today we found our car, parked in a public parking lot, had been “keyed”. Apparently some cowardly individual didn’t like our bumper stickers.
The people who do these things are despicable and cowardly. We make no bones who we are and what we stand for but they don’t like it. However, they don’t have the cojones to confront us, so they send unsigned letters and notes. “Keying” our car was really cowardly and infantile. (Do you still use your “binky”?) Sending anonymous letters and notes is too. If you don’t like what we say, let us know who you are. I would even like a phone call from the perpetrators so we can discuss, civilly, our differences.
Civility is an English word. Check the definition.
Are we there yet?
This complaint is often heard by parents on outings, vacation trips etc. It is also relevant regarding our individual relationship with government. It can be fairly stated that in the last 60 plus years, there are more taxes, more regulations, more laws resulting in less individual freedom and more reliance upon government in our daily lives.
In 1948, Norman Thomas (six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party) uttered during the campaign “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”
Are we there yet?
In my opinion, “Not quite, but with the current political environment, it’s not far away.”
Think about this when you vote!
You’re part of the problem
When publications such as yours print unfounded or inaccurate assertions without comment - regardless of the political point of view - you are contributing to the dumbing down of the American voter. A case in point is the recent letter (Ryan’s Plan Would Fix Medicare), which was chock full of nonsense. For example, the statement that the “Democrats took half a trillion dollars out of Medicare (the actual ‘Republican’ talking point is $716 billion) in the Obamacare health care bill” is wildly inaccurate and misleading and you should know that.
The “Big Lie” about the $716 billion dollars is being repeated so often that it is, unfortunately, being accepted as fact by far too many people.