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Blaming those who did not speak out

Letter to the Editor



Regarding the letter of Greg Heun of Oct. 7: I made it clear – and I make it clear now – that I stand with the afflicted and vandalized Democrats in their persecution, regardless of their politics. Evidently, Mr. Heun did not read where I clearly stated that if it had been the Republican booth that was vandalized, my sympathy and support would be with the Republicans.

And then Mr. Heun questions that it may have been the Democrats who purposely did this vandalism against themselves. But at present, at least in presidential politics, the Democrats have a slight lead in the popular vote and a big lead in the vital delegate count. So the Democrats would have no good reason to destroy their own facilities to gain sympathy votes. To win, all they need to do is coast along without agitating those already committed Democrats.

Regarding his accusation that I have blamed Trump for the vandalism. No, but I do see much blame in the fanatical loyalty of some of his followers that he speaks about.

Mr. Heun, I blame a whole group of people for the damage of a few, not because they directly caused the vandalism, but because they did not speak out against it.

Mr. Heun, I do appreciate it that you condemn whoever it may be that caused the vandalism. I wish more Republicans had your guts.

Did anyone notice in the Aug. 24 letter of Michelle Perdue, where she touchingly remarked, “four of us made an attractive exhibit with bowls of candy and little freebies alongside candidates’ cards and posters.” But this fragile innocence was soon shattered by the heartless vandalism of one or more Republican hoodlums. These thugs may not be registered Republicans, but they are certainly Republicans in their sympathies.

Again, if you responsible, law-abiding Republicans do not speak out against this cowardly act of vandalism and desecration against your political opponent, then your cowardly silence makes you worse than the vandals themselves. Some of the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who keep their silence in the face of evil.

Jim Holsinger

Grangeville



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