Consider consequences |

Consider consequences

The Union publisher Jeff Ackerman got it wrong (June 15). Tony Gilchrease shouldn’t be blamed for how he writes – it’s what he reads. More accurately, what he doesn’t read.

In this case, the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, which established the rights Americans have to speak their minds and peaceably assemble.

No, the problem isn’t that Tony thoughtlessly blasts his menacing e-mails, typos and all, without considering the consequences.

It’s that Tony isn’t some whacked-out loon huddled in a remote cabin wondering who’s stealing his string – he’s the chairman of the Republican Central Committee. The most powerful and visible Republican in the county either (1) has no idea that civil rights exist or (2) passionately believes that the free exercise of those rights amounts to treason.

Neither option is terribly reassuring.

My question is, just how many Republicans does Tony represent? All of them? Some of them? Three? And are these the same three who think UFOs are poisoning their cheese?

And when, at last, will we have had enough of the frenzied paranoia coming from the party of Abraham Lincoln, who must surely be weeping in heaven?

Bill Rolland

South Nevada County

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