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Gems in today’s IR letters…

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I was directed to the IR “Reader’s Alley” today for one specific letter, and ended up seeing several worth mentioning.  The art of the “letter of the editor” is changing somewhat as many of those that used to write such letters are now blogging (Don has written some fired-up letters in his day; now he writes less in favor of fired-up blog entries), commenting on blogs, and commenting on newspaper sites.

Nonetheless, there are a couple of good ones today:

Jay Partridge commented correctly on the IR’s decision to include Jonah Goldberg’s columns among their editorial pages, saying in part that:

The IR bragged that “hot young conservative columnist” Jonah Goldberg “spices his columns with pop references.” His recent comparison of world opinion regarding the United Nations in Lebanon with Lucy pulling the ball from under Charlie Brown was brilliant. One can understand why the IR would pay good money to carry Goldberg’s column. He was clearly chosen more for his pithy quotes than for his well-reasoned arguments. Despite his “hipness” the conservative ideologue Goldberg is almost always misleading or wrong, especially when it comes to Iraq and the Middle East.

Annabelle Richards detailed another run-in with Conrad Burns, highlighting the reason why our Junior Senior just doesn’t get it.  Her letter in full:

During the Fair on Saturday, July 29, I spent a few hours helping “man” the Lewis and Clark County Democratic booth, which was located right across from our political counterparts’ booth. Both booths were covered with our candidates’ posters and information.
Sen. Burns came into the building to shake some hands. After spending some time with his supporters, who we observed had pointed us out to the senator, he laughingly headed for our booth.
As he approached, I stood up, put out my hand and greeted him with the courtesy and respect owed his office. His only response was to point to a poster on our booth that said “We Support the Firefighters,” and say, “Where do you people dig up that crap?”
Before I could respond, he turned and walked away. A woman standing nearby said, “It’s good someone supports them!” I heard later she was a volunteer firefighter.
It is such a shame that Sen. Burns didn’t use the opportunity to say it was good that we support the firefighters, as he says he does, instead of inferring we dug up dirt about him.
Respectfully, Senator, we didn’t create this fiasco. You did!

There are a couple of conclusions that one can draw from this.  First, whatever apology that hack fronted last week was political smoke and no heartfelt show of admiration for the people putting out fires.  Second, Burns (and the out-of-touch hacks that are blindly supporting him) has no clue why his actions were offensive…it’s all a construct of the mythical liberal media and their smear campaign again our knee-walking Junior Senator.  Is there any doubt it’s time to send Connie backing back to Montana?

But the letter-of-the-day comes from Bob and Lori Hamm of East Helena and their logic-defying argument for supporting Mike Taylor.  Their letter in full:

Ummm… Let’s see. Ken Toole is refusing to accept the endorsement of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Like THAT was going to happen!
Ken Toole firmly believes that: All business is bad, big business is evil, profit is a four-letter word, and ordinary people aren’t capable of making their own decisions about making a living, raising a family, and what to believe; government must take that responsibility.
Hey! I know where he got those ideas – from Karl Marx, George Soros, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, and Nancy Pelosi, to name a few.
Someone needs to explain to Ken that there was a grand experiment in Communism in the 20th century. It was called the Soviet Union.
Failed miserably. Pretty much NOT what Montanans would want for the future of this state and their families.
The news isn’t that Ken won’t be getting the endorsement of the Montana Chamber – it’s that even the Montana AFL-CIO, a traditional Democrat stalwart, couldn’t bring itself to fall over the cliff and support such an out-of-the-mainstream, radical liberal.
It’s a no-brainer. We’ll be voting for Mike Taylor for PSC District 5.

Wow.  A no-brainer indeed.  Where to start?

First, seriously, did Jason Klindt write this letter?  It takes a real no-brain to tag someone as a communist and then group “Karl Marx, George Soros, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, and Nancy Pelosi” together in some unholy alliance of evil.  Can the authors of this letter even name one shared belief of these 5 diverse folks?  I am sure he would have some b.s. answer about “they are all communists, heh” but the answer is they are not.  Unbelievable.

Second, note how the authors of the letter don’t mention a single issue on the letter, just mindless platitudes about Toole loving the red.  Could you be referring to Toole aggressive stance again deregulation?  You know, the policy that people are tripping over themselves to distance themselves from?  You know, the policy that the author’s own preferred candidate is spending a lot and time and energy telling voters that he voted against it?  Unbelievable.

And, last, but it could just be me, but it’s a lot harder these days to make my own decisions about my family and lifestyle since deregulation.  With power bills double and triple over what they were before regulation, it makes for very difficult choices for a lot of working families in Montana.  Is believing that working families should come before poor management and corporate greed communism?  Unbelievable.

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  • Letter to the Editor have always been my favorite part of the papers. One thing that I have noticed is the ways papers feel the need to ‘balance’ the letters. If they print one in favor of x, they need to print one against x. You notice the fundamental difference in quality here though?

  • Clearly you are not familiar with The Pentaverate:

    “…There’s a group of the five wealthiest people in the world known as the pentaverate, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers. And meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion known as, the Meadows.”

    Though I did think its members were “The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds and Col. Sanders before he went tits up” rather than those five…

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