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Why the double whammy?

Published: Mon, December 23, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Why the double whammy?

Any responsible newspaper must publish the work of writers with different values, perceptions and recommendations for beneficial change. We need to read the views of columnists we may not agree with — as an old saying puts it, our goal must be to “eat the fish and spit out the bones.”

That said, I feel called to question the decision to put diatribes by both George Will and Cal Thomas on facing pages in The Vindicator of Dec. 13. Either would have been enough to remind us that the far right detests President Obama and that some columnists think that they can read his mind.

Cal Thomas consumes the first half of his piece telling readers how much he was paid between ages 14 and 37, in a futile attempt to undercut issues relating to staggering inequities in the U.S. today. He wastes our time with this unsupported 36-word sentence: “Income ‘inequality’ is a part of the greed-envy-entitlement philosophy promoted by liberals who want to addict more people to government and entice them to vote for the party that is effectively buying their loyalty.”

George Will shows once again that he has the art of the verbal sneer down pat, by opening his essay with this self- righteous sentence: “The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery.”

Will often begins his pieces with a largely irrelevant paragraph that seems intended to show readers how educated and worldly he is. In the present work, that objective is met with some words in the fourth paragraph about sauropod dinosaurs.

I could have learned more about the real world by flipping back to the comics page and reading Zits.

Robert D. Gillette, Poland


1SheDevil(120 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Interesting how the commentors above attacked Dr Gillette personally, and had little to say about the message.

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2WilliamC(10 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

And object to making making any progress in the Middle East.
Negativism must be a life-style for some. How sad.

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3Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Comprehending readers will recognize that Dr. Gillette was questioning the need to have multiple ("double") attacks.
Intellectually challenged readers, not so much!

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4jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

It starts at the top folks.Read the following:

Boys and girls at Grace Academy in Prosper, Tex., spent most of last Friday making homemade Christmas cards for bedridden veterans at the VA hospital in Dallas.

Fourth-grader Gracie Brown was especially proud of her card, hoping it would “make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with.”

“I’d like them to know they’ve not been forgotten and somebody wanted to say thank you,” Gracie told MyFoxDFW.com.

Gracie’s card read, “Merry Christmas. Thank you for your service.” It also included an American flag.

But the bedridden veterans at the VA hospital will never get to see Gracie’s card. Nor will they see the cards made by 51 other students. That’s because the Christmas cards violated VA policy.

"It really didn't occur to me there would be a problem with distributing Christmas cards," said Susan Chapman, a math teacher at the academy. She's married to a veteran and volunteers with the American Legion and other veterans' organizations.

On Monday morning the boys and girls were planning on hand delivering the cards to the wounded veterans. Chapman called the hospital to make final arrangements and that’s when she learned there was a problem.

"I told him my students made cards, we'd like to bring them down for the veterans," Chapman told the television station. "And he said, 'That's great. We're thrilled to have them, except the only thing is, we can't accept anything that says ‘Merry Christmas' or ‘God bless you' or any scriptural references because of all the red tape.'"

A VA official quoted the policy which is in the Veterans Health Administration handbook:

"In order to be respectful of our veterans' religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients. We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding."

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute, said it was a new low “even for the Scrooges and Grinches at the VA.”

“Targeting the benevolent work of little children for censorship is disgusting,” Sasser told me. “Do the Grinches in the administration of the VA really believe our bravest warriors need protection from the heartfelt well wishes of small children saying Merry Christmas?”

Andrea Brown, Gracie’s mom, was dumbfounded by the news.

“This wasn’t the country I grew up in, when you couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’ you couldn’t say ‘God bless you’ or reference any scripture,” she told MyFoxDFW.com.

She told the television station the boys and girls were heartbroken that the military personnel would not be able to receive their cards.

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5Elf2(75 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Commenter #11:
Still Trolling ??????
You make no sense, your comment is unrelated.

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6doubled(210 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Sure thing eivo, I mean why in the world would anyone think that the tea party is filled with intolerant bigots? What in the world could have been said or done by tea party reps in the past few years that would lead anyone to come to such a radical conclusion as that??? I think you need to learn the difference between the intolerance reasonable people have for bigots and the intolerance bigots have for anyone who is not like them. Here's a hint - it's not the same. So please stop equating a fight against intolerance and racism with intolerance and racism. You're embarrassing yourself.

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