Letters to the Editor

Letter: Why all the outrage?

To the Editor:

I’m writing in regard to the recent criticism of the Opinions page editorial decision to publish a cartoon Feb. 24 that criticized citizens who misuse SNAP benefits by trading them for cigarettes, beer and lottery tickets.

On March 8, Pat Montemurro wrote she took “offense” to the cartoon and that the editors have a responsibility “to not promote hate and bias” and that she finds the decision to publish the cartoon “inexcusable and irresponsible.”

This sort of criticism, while valid and protected, is simply part of the modern offense-taking mindset that attempts to put someone’s subjective hurt feelings over the objective facts and vigorous debate of any potential issue.

Entitlement cheats should be derided and exposed for their fraudulent behavior, and the cartoon communicated this quite effectively.

A journalist’s only duty is to present relevant ideas, facts and events to the public, regardless of whether or not anyone’s individual sensibilities might be violated.

This sort of outrage culture, when taken to its inevitable conclusion, encourages and insists on a form of self-censorship that should quickly bring to mind the words, “Charlie Hebdo.”

Richard Perkins

Crystal Lake

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