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Letter: Frustrated with political extremism

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Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:30 pm

Editor: Much more often than we like we are "treated" to the dark, vitriol of ignorance, anger, and disinformation of the extremist right wing. Such is the letter of July 12 authored by Mr. Portal.

There are many conservatives I admire, even though I disagree with their positions on political issues. Portal's "whole cloth" disdain of those he describes as sensitive leftists is absurd.

Just as there are racists, there are politicists. Castigation of anyone who doesn't subscribe to their view of the world shows a very troubling and fundamental disrespect of other patriotic citizens of this country who hold different views. It is anathema to the democratic ideal as well documented in our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and it's various amendments.

More to the point, it is an abdication of responsible citizenship, in this country. Too, Portal's opinion that Trump is what the Republican Party has been waiting for since Reagan reminds me of the story about a mother attending her son's graduation from Army boot camp who exclaimed: "oh look, my son is the only one in step!"

Gary Maurer

Lodi

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