Disagree with ‘right-wing’ editorial policy; glad to pay taxes

By From page A5 | February 04, 2013

EDITOR: I want to add my voice to the recent spate of letters regarding the Mountain Democrat’s right-wing editorial stance.

I don’t hate or fear my government; what scares me is the explosive widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. I oppose all intolerance, including political intolerance with its resultant polarization. I think some readers’ notion that people need guns so they can wage war against government officers is insane. I could go on and on, but I only get 225 words.

I’m glad to pay taxes and I think I should pay more. I’ve never been harmed by my government, but I’ve repeatedly been harmed by private greed. I believe government should be “big” enough to prevent citizens from being abused by other citizens or by corporations.

I support all our public servants; I’m proud of them and I’m glad they’re there. I’m as vigilant against malfeasance as the next fellow, but I don’t let it cloud my civic pride. I don’t think the editor’s page should be used to foment rancor toward public servants. Our constitutional system continues to be a shining beacon to history and to the world’s citizens. The Mounain Democrat should support democratic and patriotic action, and turn down the vitriol. Or, as reader H. Zelinka put it so well, “assuage your zealotry.”


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