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Politics of personal destruction

Once again The Union demonstrates that it is more interested in furthering the politics of personal destruction than using its letters to the Editor for a rational discussion of ideas. Case in point: “What Gives?” (Feb.3), a three line letter from Seattle, Wash., that makes the unsubstantiated claim that “Alberto Gonzalez lies under oath, and he gets promoted to attorney general.”

Did Mr. Kane’ala’s letter really put forth any worthwhile ideas? Is The Union so hard-pressed to find enough local Bush-haters that it has to print groundless attacks from out-of-staters?

The reason this country remains so divided is that The Union and other media outlets love to use this kind of libelous, hated-filled, paranoid extremism to sell papers. It’s the “politics of personal destruction” taken to the local level. One would have to assume that any accusation anyone wants to make, no matter how outrageous, is OK to print under the guise of “free expression.”

What’s next? Does Justice Scalia still beat his wife?

David Swift

Grass Valley

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