Reflecting on letters
TO THE EDITOR: It’s been an interesting day of reflection for me.
This morning, I heard the song “My Way.” The lyrics caused me to remember my husband Nick’s persona: “For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught, to say the things he truly feels…”
Nick, who died last fall, was a frequent letter contributor. Politically conservative, he would offer thoughts in that arena to readers. Later today, someone mentioned that Nick had been defended in a Letter to the Editor regarding on dated March 12.
The earlier letter stated: “The purpose of my letter is to say thank you to Leo, Tom, Nick and Clyde Sr. for their continuing submissions to this paper. Every time one of their irrational, hate-filled screeds appears, dozens of new Democrats are created, meaning there will continue to be a possibility for representative government in this area, state and country. Thank you so much for helping the democratic cause.”
This equates to labeling these men irrational and filled with hate. These words do not describe Nick. To him, all politicians were fair game whose careers invited public scrutiny. However, in the letters Nick wrote, I cannot find that he ever attacked another writer.
I question whether this letter should have been published considering the Press-Republican criterion: “This forum is to advance the discussion of issues, not to make personal judgments about other contributors or those in the news.”
Rather than penning disparaging remarks about others, contributors would be better served by writing in support of their own causes.
Hopefully, writers will abide by the spirit of Letters to the Editor and concentrate on issues at hand. Our viewpoints may be diverse, but we are North Country neighbors united in our love of the USA.