Local Government and Politics, Opinion

Letters to the editor: 11-15-18

Defining liberal rhetoric

Thanks to the Item for including the three commentaries on the recent elections (Item, Nov. 12). The optimism expressed by the writers was refreshing. I was surprised, therefore, by Jen Migliore’s harsh, and vague, criticism of Democrats.

She wrote that Democrats cannot rely on using “hackneyed liberal rhetoric” and voters are “no longer tied down by ideology.” She does not say what exactly hackneyed liberal rhetoric is. Is it health care? Voting rights, choice? Union support, affordable housing? Could she give us some specifics?

If her preferred candidates are no longer tied down by ideology, what ideology is she referring to?

If she cannot provide examples for the reader, she should have edited those claims out of her otherwise positive statement.

 

Jo Sullivan

Lynn

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The commander-in-chief of excuses

As a veteran, I was first offended that the commander-in-chief did not attend the ceremonies at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery due to rain until I realized what a great idea this really was.

Just imagine this. Starting today we will call off the fighting around the world because it’s raining, snowing, it’s dark out, the sun’s up, it’s too warm, it’s too cold. Or how about: I haven’t had breakfast yet, my uniform’s not pressed, it might mess my hair, my security says I might get hurt or worse yet, I could be stuck in traffic.

Hey, it’s all right, the boss did it. We can too. After all, he didn’t show up for war because of bone spurs and didn’t show up for the peace because of a little rain. Well done, sir!

 

Bruce Reback

Lynn

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