Letters, November 16: “Berkenstinkers”
I am saddened by Bettyann Craddock’s vitriolic letter regarding Trump’s win over the “morally bankrupt” leftists on November 8. I don’t consider anyone who voted for Clinton to be morally bankrupt, nor do I think that all Trump voters can legitimately be characterized as racists, bigots, homophobes, mysogynists or xenophobes. Craddock’s letter just shows how deeply and emotionally divided we are politically and how unable we are to have a civil conversation about the future of our nation.
The American Way
Since election day, I’ve been trying to make sense of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States. I have been more than concerned about his divisive words and behavior during the campaign. ... What I still can’t come to grips with is trying to understand that along with this “message to the world,” we are also endorsing the words and behavior of Donald Trump.
... The letter from Bettyann Craddock did nothing to help me to understand another side from my thinking and how we are where we are now. I was beginning to understand her point of view when she stated that she was fed up with being lumped together as Trump supporters being bigots, homophobes, misogynists, etc. I thought she was going to bring some clarity to the complexity within the Trump supporters. However, she completely lost me and my desire to hear her point of view when she lumped all liberals together: “Leftists lost because of who they are: morally bankrupt, and we have had enough.”
Hypocritical and does nothing to help educate her point of view. Only continues the hate and intolerance that is not what the United States stands for.
News, November 9: “This Guy”
The Orange Buffoon
As a white male I find myself chagrined and humiliated that this cruel-hearted buffoon with his posse of hate-filled acolytes will be taking office in January, riding on the backs of misogyny, racism, selfishness and appalling ignorance. I suspect a disaster of historical proportions awaits this country and the world, but I hope not.
If you’re not male and if you don’t look like me, I wonder how you must feel this early November evening. Your worst fears about the country must be haunting you. But I tell you what. You’re safe with me and with the majority who voted for Hillary.
We are, and will be, better than this, and that awful man whose name I cannot bring myself to speak.
Be kind. To everyone.
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