The third letter in a month appeared in the Lufkin Daily News this week calling me names and blabbering all kinds of stupid-think in place of real discussion. This last and worst letter is purportedly written by a 14 year old girl.
A child of fourteen who writes such horrid remarks must live in a household led by extremely radical parents. This young girl’s rhetoric is indicative of brainwashing. I can’t imagine the hateful attitudes and cruel intent that must permeate a house where a child of fourteen would be driven to write such a mean-spirited letter.
What kind of world do we live in when children cannot be children and adults are so hateful of those they disagree with that they force their hate upon their children?
No doubt the editors of the Lufkin Daily News print some letters merely for entertainment. A letter directed to me in this morning’s Sunday edition is a case in point.
A woman by the name of Sharon Farringer wrote a letter “in answer to Ted Gresham’s letter on Sunday, May 24,” saying, “get off it and wake up buddy. You are a hypocrite.” The words that follow are the screwiest collection of right wing fanaticism I’ve read in some time.
It is very sad that there are people like Ms. Farringer, so totally deluded and filled with lies and hate by right wing idiots, bigots, and self-serving religious twits. Hate is such an ugly emotion. Prejudice is awful. I do not resent Ms. Farringer. I feel sorry for her and the many thousands in East Texas who are exactly like her.
Since Ms. Farringer concluded her letter with the words, “let me hear your views on these or more,” I shall oblige her request. I’ve written a letter to the paper (see Update 061409 at right) but there’s no way the LDN would print a complete reply there. Thus I shall reply here.
After some consideration I chose to write another letter to the editor in place of the “over the top” version the editor rejected. When I sent it in the editor returned an email saying, “much better.” I knew then the second version would print. It did.
You can find the second version here:
If you can’t get this link to work enter a comment and I’ll post the letter here.
As I wrote back and told the editor, we should be very glad we still have a free press in this country and especially that newspapers run the “Letters” column. Unlike the multitudinous emails TV news quotes (carefully picked from countless thousands) letters to the editor are unique in their ability to reach a community since they are not drowned out in the crowd nor are merely a flash on a screen for a few seconds but remain as a part of a print paper and an online archive forever. That Americans can still send letters to the editor and get them published is one reason America is still a great country!