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Respectful tones, indeed

By February 2, 2011

EDITOR:

Letter writer Mr. Giacomo again writes requesting a respectful tone concerning Mr. Alger and Japanese war plans. He is also concerned I signed off a previous letter with “checkmate,” indicating I may have won a debate with him, which he doesn’t concede (his position being I had offered an opinion that he and some others simply disagreed with so we couldn’t have had a debate).

Well, my opinion was that Japan had a war plan to invade the United States. Mr. Alger didn’t agree. Yet, one did exist so Mr. Alger lost because that was the only element of the debate. War plan, yes or no. The factual answer is yes.

Now, let’s talk disrespectful: Mr. Alger speaks of my delusional belief clinging to it like a child clinging to his favorite toy and throwing a tantrum. He refers to Karl Marx, my letters are boredom, and that I always represent the minority viewpoint in this county. He uses words such as delusional, laughable, ludicrous and fantasy; are these words used when someone wants to keep a respectful tone?

Mr. Giacomo agrees that Mr. Alger was wrong in that Japan had a plan to invade the USA, but it was never a truly viable plan. Whether it was viable or not was never part of my debate with Mr. Alger. Mr. Giacomo wants me to keep a respectful tone when it seems he should have directed his letter to Mr. Alger, given the facts.

Finally, Mr. Giacomo says in his letter that he is a Republican (sometimes) and dreams of the day rich and superior Republicans can return our country to its great beginnings by wiping out all of you bad Democrats. Then he closes by “Relax, James, I’m kidding.” One can ask if he was kidding why did he say it, given it had nothing to do with the subject at hand?

Wow, talk about respectful tones. Perhaps Mr. Alger and Mr. Giacomo should look up the word respectful.

JAMES E. LONGHOFER

Placerville

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