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Letter lacked facts, meant to divide

On Aug. 29, The Union published a letter from Mr. Dick Panzica asking, “Where’s our president?” It contained some of the usual right-wing talking points regarding the president’s recent vacation, and his violation of the Constitution. Misguided as these statements are, they are not slanderous or hurtful.

But it is how Mr. Panzica concludes: “I believe he hates America and Christians and is sympathetic to radical Islamists. He should be run out of office for dereliction of his sworn duties”; that raises an issue regarding The Union’s decision to print his letter.

Mr. Panzica has every right to his opinion, and it is The Union’s responsibility to provide a forum for it. However, The Union violates the public trust when it publishes slanderous, hate-based accusations that are devoid of fact and meant solely to divide. If I wrote a similar letter accusing the mayor or my local pastor of hating Christians and sending money to arm ISIS, would The Union publish it as opinion?

The Editorial Board needs to recognize slander and mistruths or we lose the ability to engage in productive debate, and if The Union decides to publish a letter that presents venomous accusation as fact, it needs to be accountable.

Mike Mooers

Grass Valley

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