Letters to the Editor

Just the facts, letter writers

When will the childish schoolyard banter end and civilized debate begin? At some point, the number of profoundly polarizing letters to the editor that have appeared in print of late have become a vexation to the soul. Supposition, prejudice, misinformation, hypocrisy and controversy for sport have become the order of the day for some writers. It is as though no one has ever heard of false wedge issues or “divide and conquer.” There are many among us who harbor the design and purpose to divide and conquer, power-grabbing the spoils in the process.

We need to pose the question to this newspaper’s elite as to why they print letters that contain known falsehoods? No proper debate contains false argument, yet far too much of it is found on this page on a regular basis. Cherry picking and distorting facts to fit one’s own selfish purposes is neither productive nor honest. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was quoted: “You are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”

If our great nation is to survive, there are those among us who have to wake up and smell the coffee. Americans sorely need to look for common ground rather than how to one up one’s neighbors. We are becoming the products of a self-induced polarization. Is there anyone left who understands the meaning of “E Pluribus Unum“?

At last check, this country was still called the United States of America, not the Divided States of America.

Richard Yesley

New Athens