Our forum would certainly be monotonous if we all shared the same political views. Granted, it’s always more pleasant to read letters which reinforce our own thinking, but it could be reasonably suggested that we benefit far more from well presented perspectives which encourage us to examine or re-evaluate our positions.
Unfortunately, such letters are infrequent and facts, because they can seriously undermine the credibility of one’s presentation, often become irrelevant. Thus, I respectfully propose that the Herald seek a part-time fifth-grade volunteer to fact-check our letters before they are cleared to print. In his Dec. 29 letter, a gentleman referring to the San Bernardino terrorists, stated the following: “Barack Hussein Obama and his penchant for allowing dangerous foreigners into the country is once again culpable for this tragedy.” Since our hypothetical fifth-grader is blessed with a higher level of awareness than a turnip, he or she would know, or quickly learn, that one of the shooters was a Chicago born citizen and that the other entered the country legally through a visa program established in 1970. In short, their presence was unrelated to any Obama policy and he is, in fact, not “culpable.”
In this instance, once the giggling was under control, the letter would be returned with the request that any future blends of ignorance and hate be reality based. This system would significantly reduce the amount of nonsense to which readers are being subjected.
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