Focus on policies, not ridicule

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

As a Kerry voter and firm opponent of our non-defensive war in Iraq, I am disappointed in Mr. Chandonnet's column, "Here's some more truth about the election" (Empire, Nov. 11) As soon as he likened Karl Rove to a hungry rat and President Bush to a rabid monkey, any truths that might have been in his column were discarded by his non-Democrat readership. In my view, Mr. Chandonnet's column was a mirror image of hate-spewing anti-Kerry diatribes put out by Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and others on the right. In some ways, it may be worse, because it plays right into the hands of conservative writers that say the left has nothing to offer but frothing invective.

We have just completed a scorched-earth presidential campaign that probably was as bitter as you could get without violence in the streets. While it is not appropriate for us to agree with the president in his misguided war in Iraq and who knows where else this term, we should focus our attention on his policies, not on personal ridicule. Mr. Chandonnet had a chance to do just that, and I'm sorry he did not take the opportunity.

Daniel Cornwall


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