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Letters: Times has decision to make with Opinion; What about when cities were burning? What about white lives? | READER COMMENTARY

Times has decision to make with Opinion

You have an important decision to make. The decision has been available to you for the past several years but Wednesday’s reckoning at the Capitol makes this decision more pressing. The question is this: Are you a platform, like Facebook views itself, or do you have a responsibility to the community? I appreciate the Carroll County Times and any forum that offers varying viewpoints. There is great value in understanding other perspectives, and for those who allow it, for those other views to change one’s opinion or view.

You have several local community members who contribute articles in the Opinion section of the paper. I sense a Carroll County Times’ goal of trying to maintain some balance amongst the various Opinion columnists. That said, a choice must be made regarding the continuance of the columns by Rick Blatchford and M.K. Sprinkle. Their columns may offer opinion, but what they are really promoting is discord and divisiveness. There is no “nutritional” value in them; simply bile and a furtherance of an us vs. them within America, Maryland and Carroll County. That divisiveness, lack of empathy and belligerence is what the present president has promoted for the past four years and which culminated in an act of domestic terrorism.

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Blatchford’s most recent column was a grievance piece on Jill Biden using the “Dr.” prefix. Biden has a Ph. D. and is not a medical physician. Her utilization of “Dr.” given her education is entirely appropriate unless you wish to promote and further the “liberal elite” bias and start an early slandering of our next president. Past grievance columns have included why the young shouldn’t be allowed to vote (i.e. young people are more likely liberal so changing the age helps to suppress the Democratic vote), “we didn’t invent slavery” so let’s stop trying to recognize how it impacts society and race relations, and why he is entirely justified in calling Democrats “leftists” or the like. And on and on and on. Sprinkle’s columns are more of the same.

Narrow-minded, divisive attitudes are not unique to those two columnists. However, those types of attitudes, amplified by platforms and the current president, have resulted in a fractured country. So, does the Carroll County Times absolve itself of all responsibility as a “platform” or will you make changes as a news source and a community resource?

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Mike Poling

Eldersburg

What about when cities were burning?

I have a better understanding of why our country is in such bad shape after the week of Jan. 3. The Democratic leaders are so full of hate for President Trump that they can’t think straight. I can only assume it’s because queen Hillary didn’t get her throne. They wanted him out of office. They got their wish so let it go.

Biden, Schumer and Pelosi called for unity, so what does Pelosi do but call for another Adam Schiff phony impeachment and mention the 25th Amendment guaranteed to alienate 75 million voters. I’m sure some of your writers remember the Clinton administration and some of his policies. You should be happy now.

Where was the outrage when cities were being burned and business looted? I didn’t hear for any mayors or governors to be removed.

I’m not a vengeful man but I’m afraid I will laugh when President Harris (you don’t really believe Joe Biden is going to make it four years) puts a heavy tax on your capital gains so that immigrants can have better health insurance than most Americans can afford.

I do not mean to denigrate any God-fearing, law-abiding Democrats. If I thought they were all like their leaders I would move to Venezuela.

He is out of office but the above mentioned leaders want to destroy the man and that is uncalled for and just plain hatred. My dad always said what goes around, comes around.

Howard Phillips

Westminster

What about white lives?

On Thursday, there were no protests, no demands for the arrest and firing of the police involved, no painting of the streets with slogans, no insistence that police budgets be axed, no pleas for boosting social programs, no burning and looting of local merchants, no interference with public officials.

Why not, after all this woman [who died Wednesday at the Capitol] was a military veteran who served multiple deployments to places most of us wouldn’t go even on a good day.

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Oh ... she was white! Do white lives matter?

G. Leamon Martin

Westminster

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