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June 19, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Leonard Pitts Jr. column about David Letterman

Singled out by columnist’s name calling

Leonard Pitts Jr. [“Pity the oppressed conservatives,” Opinion, syndicated column, June 18] singles me out but failed to address my main point that hatred, whoever engages in it, does not subside with the passage of time, as he bemoaned as not happening. Hatred resides in the heart of man or the systems that capture him until the heart changes.

Pitts uses the straw-man strategy in singling out my one example of his selectivity while filling his version of the zeitgeist with popular victims as seen from the left and then proceeds to attack this fictional character as representative of the contrarians to his slanted point of view.

Ad hominem attacks on me do not answer why he thinks hatred will go away with the passage of time or even education.

I particularly notice he failed to mention my other example of hatred (fanaticism in Islam that had nothing to do with being liberal or conservative) by the young convert who gunned down an army recruiter in Arkansas because Allah wanted him to do it. Which conservative bloggers validated this vile senseless action?

I will let it go at this for I should have remembered that it doesn’t pay to take on a fight with somebody who has all the ink.

— John E. Woodbery, Monroe

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