Press-Republican

September 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 9, 2013

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TO THE EDITOR: Normally, I rely on the P-R and my morning coffee to help me jumpstart into the real world.

But Aug. 13) was special — I had a double whammy of hot air from the Nat Hentoff and Larry Jeffords.

Jeffords, like many of the conservative religion, claims that, “The middle class is disappearing because nobody wants to work anymore.”

This inflammatory statement certainly doesn’t apply to the vast majority of the working poor who hold down several jobs at low wages while trying to raise a family. These folks are squeezed not only by their union-busting employers, who purposefully keep their wages low, they are stuck at these low-paying jobs, barely surviving and cannot look elsewhere because of lack of education.

Education has always been the ladder to the American dream of a nice home, family and something to pass on to your children. It still is.

It isn’t an entitlement (a loaded buzzword invented by the 1 percent); it is a requirement if we want a fair and just society. A more detailed, down-to-earth analysis, including why the working-class votes against its own interests, is in “Deer Hunting with Jesus” by Joe Bageant.

I don’t know where to start, and even if I did, there isn’t enough room to examine all of Hentoff’s fantastic revelations. So let me just ask one question: Why does Nat Hentoff’s short biography in the P-R claim he is a “nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights”? Wikipedia mentions that he has had a long career as a jazz-music journalist and that he is a senior fellow of the libertarian Cato Institute, but there was no mention of his being a constitutional expert. Is he for real?

STEWART A. DENENBERG

Beekmantown

Appreciateresponse

TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to everyone who called or sent cards.

Clayton had a lot of friends. He will be dearly missed by his brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, especially by his daughter, Kim, and family.

Danny, Ronald, Jackie, John, David, Raymond and Georgiana appreciate every one of you.

JANICE LaHART

and the LaHart family

Keeseville