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SoVaNow.com / November 07, 2012Dear Viewpoint:
Regarding your candidate endorsements in the Oct. 31 edition of The Mecklenburg Sun, it should not have been a surprise to any of your long-term subscribers that you endorsed the entire slate of Democratic candidates. That is your rightful opinion, and the columnist, Tom McLaughlin, admitted as such in your editorial to favoring Democrats.
What I take exception to however, is that you had the opportunity to provide a fair and balanced assessment of the candidate’s opinions, yet you resorted to partisan insults normally reserved for the radical Internet bloggers who hide behind the anonymity of their computer screens. In your stated opinions, the three Democratic candidates are all intelligent, virtuous and honest; while their Republican counterparts are foolish, contemptible and dishonest. While no candidate is perfect, I hardly believe that all faults are limited to one side only. You even had the temerity to describe three Supreme Court Justices, with whose opinions you don’t agree, as detestable and abominable.
You accused Mr. Romney of promoting class warfare, while the President, whom you hold in such high esteem, has based his whole re-election campaign strategy on the accusation that the Republicans are favoring the rich at the expense of the middle class. Furthermore, you continue to promote the falsehood that the Republicans are waging a “war on women.” To assert that a major political party would wage war on 50 percent of the voting population that it needs to win elections is just foolish, liberal demagoguery. Just because someone believes that “abortion on demand” is morally contemptible, does not make them a right wing zealot. To assert such an opinion is an insult to them and the majority of women who will never have an abortion in their lifetime.
Perhaps you feel that The Mecklenburg Sun does not have to conform to the dictates of responsible journalism. If so, you have lost the opportunity to be of service to your readers, and for that, you should be ashamed.
Joe Vitanza, Chase City