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LETTERS: Writer resorts to personal attack

Letter by Craig Chilton, Bonney Lake on Dec. 20, 2011 at 11:37 am | 28 Comments »
December 20, 2011 11:49 am

Re: “Cuts will affect infrastructure” (letter, 12-8).

The News Tribune encourages rebuttal letters to the editor. As with any letter, the newspaper allows writers to criticize but not with highly personal attacks. However, in this rebuttal, the writer violated that rule and misrepresented my Dec. 3 letter (“Obama’s the problem, not the rich”).

Is the statement, “Be careful what you wish for when you don’t think,” highly personal? I would think so. Please allow me the same privilege in suggesting that this letter writer check his arrogant, know-it-all attitude at his computer before he rebuts another letter.

Six days after I submitted my letter, New York Post political columnist Michael Goodwin wrote, “But there is no hiding place in the Oval Office and, after three years, it is clear who the problem is (referring to President Obama).” Is Goodwin’s calling Obama the problem also a “mindless” adherence to the party mantra?

The letter writer also misquotes my letter by stating “the only solution to the problem is through sufficient spending cuts to remove trillions of debt.” In my letter, I stated that “The time is now to reduce spending and (emphasis noted) reform all entitlement programs, not raise taxes.” He ignores that part and then goes off on a tangent.

In the future, I hope The News Tribune does not publish half-baked personally offensive rebuttal letters.

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