Letters to the Editor for Jan. 21, 2011
Editorials slander Liberals
To the editor:
On behalf of my tamer political kindred, the Liberals, and their Liberalism, I protest a certain slander being repeated in some newspapers, including yours, by reprinting those editorials. People who take great care to not defile themselves by what they permit to pass their lips do not repeat obvious and malicious slanders. Neither publicly nor privately, nor forthrightly nor obliquely do they do so. In the Jan. 12 Baker City Herald appear editorials from the Dallas Morning News and the Chicago Tribune ambiguously suggesting the Arizona gunman, Jared Loughner, was a political Liberal.
Let me offer a couple corrections. Liberals are defined, in part, by their aversion to political extremism and particularly the kind expressed in violence. Only political illiterates do not know this about Liberals. Those editors knew. Thus to print the lie was knowing slander.
For another, Congresswoman Giffords was widely assailed in Arizona for being a Liberal by the conservatives seeking to defeat her. Loughner shot the Liberal congresswoman. This act does NOT place him in the Liberal camp. Quite the contrary. Hence it is clearly slander to assert, whisper or insinuate that a Liberal did this despicable act. What makes the slander malicious is not the understandable desire to put any appearance of blame for this away from themselves and their marksman rhetoric, but is, instead, the obvious intend to defame their political adversaries by putting the blame on them.
Any repetition of this malicious and very obvious slander reveals not only the speaker’s political bias but also some degree of endorsement of the act itself.
Liberals, sharing a common primary goal of a more humanist government and society, do not endorse or advocate violence against their political opponents. Never have. I protest this slander against them.Dan Martin
Great care from the hospital
To the editor:
To the staff of med-surgery at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City: I recently spent five days on your floor with an illness, feeling absolutely miserable. I just wanted to say thank you to the whole staff that took care of me. You were all very professional very caring individuals. My care was excellent!
Everyone was right there anytime I needed something. When I had questions about anything, someone was there to answer them or they would find somebody that could.
I am doing well now and just wanted everyone to know how much I appreciate the staff at the hospital. Thanks again!Linda Callaway