Initially, the introduction of the Herald's "Letter of the Month" served a welcome purpose: It seemed to bring about a level of relevance, focus on local issues, and, importantly, initially quelled the bickering and vitriol that had long been prevalent.
Unfortunately, vitriol and disinformation have made a resounding return during the last several weeks.
I was intrigued by the June 16 entry, "Letters to editor addictive, but filled with discord" by Maureen Maloney, in which she stated her daughter refers to this column as "letters porn ... more visceral than thoughtful." I couldn't agree more.
As a former editor-in-chief for an entertainment magazine in Michigan back in the mid '90s, when most were blissfully ignorant of the power, even mere existence, of the nascent www, I have long held the same sentiment.
Never miss a local story.
I've recently read in this space that Mexico is our enemy; blacks were perfectly happy during plantation life because they had "jobs"; the EPA, safeguard of our water systems and the very air that we breathe, is evil; anthropogenic climate change, an undeniable phenomenon since the advent of the Industrial Revolution, is a liberal conspiracy; and our current president, a former constitutional law professor, is "lawless," a "tyrant."
Above absurdity aside, Dr. A.H. Krieg provides the following misinformation in his July 21 diatribe that Barack Obama takes "an average of 80 days vacation a year." A simple Google search shows that Obama is currently on pace to take 168 vacation days over the duration of his eight-year term.
(By contrast, George W. Bush spent 297 days at his Crawford, Texas, ranch alone; additionally, he took 149 trips to Camp David on Air Force One, and 11 trips to his father's Kennebunkport, Maine, mansion.)
Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not their own facts (to paraphrase Daniel Patrick Moynihan).