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Letters to the Editor

Letter: More research, less paranoia

To the Editor:

There was impressive conservative fury in the March 12 opinions. The cartoon featured a donkey calling an impeachment hotline demanding impeachment for "Something! Anything!" It should be "Take your pick." Paul Manafort plead guilty to conspiracy against the United States. He was President Trump's campaign chairman. Rick Gates, the president`s former deputy campaign chairman also plead guilty to charges of conspiracy against the United States. If the president’s supporters think there is a conspiracy against him, they must supply evidence.

William McElman called Representative Ilhan Omar’s criticism of Israeli money in American politics "the anti-Semitic rantings of a House Democrat freshman Muslim”. Stereotypes are not acceptable but it is hypocritical that he feels the need to mention that Omar is a Muslim.

Next, James Diamond says "big money donors" are manipulating the currency markets. He specifically names George Soros, Thomas Steyer, Kathryn Taylor, Michael Bloomberg, David Sussman and James Simons. All of them are Jewish. He is accusing them of using money to control politics, the same thing Rep. Omar is accused of.

Diamond calls Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center "hate groups." The KKK endorsed candidate Trump in 2016; he disavowed the Klan after five days. Diamond calls "the Steyer/Soros cabal" fascist. "They hate Christians" and "tolerate Muslims." They want to turn "America into a Stalinist regime like Venezuela." Fascism and Stalinism are opposite ideologies.

Joseph Buckley wraps things up by imagining a liberal America "where you can get beaten up and killed if others do not like your opinion." He claims that schools will be able to "conceal or even change the facts of history...where the hard working, God-fearing people are ridiculed, abused and ignored." Actually, a history book in Texas schools called slaves "workers from Africa" and didn’t mention that they were shackled for months as they crossed the Atlantic.

As for Christians being "abused:” Pew Research found that in 2016 there were 15 hate crimes against Protestants. In 2016, there were 127 assaults against Muslims. Jews still face the most hate crimes, with 684 in 2016.

Do more research, feel less paranoia.

Dave Sippel

Marengo

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