Coverage of town halls unfair


Although I congratulate you on reporting on the subject of recent GOP town halls, I’m afraid that the slanted headline and article emphasis is unfortunate.

In a democratic society, any elected representative should be treated with due respect, and no-one should be subjected to catcalls and disruptive mob behavior because they are faithful enough to their constituents to appear in public, as Congressman Jim Jordan was on Presidents’ Day.

He appeared on the steps of the Harding Home, and the woman who introduced him, apparently the director of that historic site, had prepared a short talk on the history of the place, which she tried to give. She was rudely shouted down, although some of us would like to have heard her talk.

Then Jordan bravely tried to take questions, amidst the disorder and random shouting of people obviously schooled in the arts of Saul Alinsky. This anarchic fringe behavior is a threat to real democracy, and should have been the main thrust of any article covering that event.

Do we want our representatives to fear meeting their constituents because Alinskyites, seeking nothing more than to disrupt the functioning of our form of government, travel in mobs from place to place, pretending to be local people?

I hope that you will amend the direction of your coverage to make this clear, rather than indirectly accusing GOP reps of cowardice (GOP reps lay low amid town hall push).

— Deborah Guebert


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