How to Respond to a Right-Wing Rant
I live in a largely rural and very Republican region of Ohio. Somewhat regularly, letters to the editor that make my very progressive wife shriek are published in our daily newspaper. She usually reads them to me out loud and then suggests, for the umpteenth time, that I should write a reply so that anyone who may be undecided on a particular issue actually has two points of view from which to choose. I usually beg off by asserting that the people who write such letters to the editor or who read them and give them any credibility are unreachable. One of my favorite remarks is that it would be a better use of my time to talk to the wallboard.
Shortly after the 2012 election, the following letter to the editor appeared in not just our daily newspaper but in several newspapers in our region:
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