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Abusive language?

I remember being puzzled by the aftermath to your last proclamation of letter rules. Then, as now, you require letter writers to avoid “personal attacks or foul, abusive or threatening language.” What part of “liar” or “village idiot,” et al, applied to the president or anyone else, is not foul or abusive language?

I would expect you to be equally censorial, for instance, were someone on the other side of the political divide to call John Kerry a traitor based on his congressional testimony following the Vietnam war. Of course, this is less likely to happen with as great frequency; such folks seem to pay more attention to actual facts, and to be more restrained in their ad hominem pejoratives than the Bush haters.

Ed Beckenbach



North San Juan


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