Why were local GOP leaders allowed platform to complain?

A recent headline highlighted that some GOP leaders (a questionable label perhaps) are unhappy and are refusing to accept the will of the people regarding the recent election for the presidency of the United States (“Local GOP leaders insist it’s too soon for Trump to concede,” The Herald, Nov. 12).

On another day, the headline might not have caught my eye. After an election, there are always winners and losers. Some of us are happy about results, some of us are not. Some may not even care. However, to make losers worthy of a headline in the local newspaper is questionable. It only gives those losers, not necessarily sore losers, a platform to continue to complain just because the results are not to their liking.

On Nov. 11 Veterans Day, The Herald chose to highlight and give voice to a few disgruntled, perhaps misguided, individuals regarding the recent election for president. Instead, maybe they should have given thanks and recognition to the many veterans in the area. An acknowledgment and thanks to those who have served and to those who have died in defense of this county might have been more appropriate. These are the patriotic men and women who have served so that others could freely express their thoughts, good, bad, misguided, wrong, irrelevant, or even unpatriotic.

The Herald did not have one word of their own about veterans and the sacrifices that many have made. It was sad, discouraging and embarrassing. Those who have served their country deserve some recognition even if it is for only one day out of the year. The Herald could have waited one more day to to praise those who do not respect their country enough to be guided by rules, laws, and yes, even election results.

Ignacio Castro Jr.


Editor’s note: On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, The Daily Herald published a story on its front page, written by columnist Julie Muhlstein, about Arlington’s Art Unruh, 98, who flew 50 B-17 missions over Europe during World War II. The election story Mr. Castro references appeared in The Herald on Nov. 12.

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