Fun with crackpots and lunatics
For fun, sometimes I like to read the letters to the editor published in the Deseret News (in Salt Lake City) and the Daily Herald (in Provo, Utah). These papers have a lot of readers who are uptight, self-righteous, and/or insane, and like most uptight, self-righteous, and/or insane people, they are eager to broadcast it. Here are a few letters from recent days.
I’m sure I won’t be the only reader responding to your article on profanity. I couldn’t believe the first sentence about “beating the crap out of …”
Perhaps you don’t think this word qualifies as profanity. That is inexcusable. Especially considering the subject of the article. If this word was used to shock those who read the piece, it is no different than screenwriters who put such words into movie and television scripts.
Barbara A. Lyman
Barb employs two of the hallmarks of the self-righteous letter. First, she says she’s sure she won’t be the only one to complain — in other words, “Surely my opinion is widely held! Surely I am not in the fringe!” Then she says that if you don’t think “crap” is profanity, that’s “inexcusable” — in other words, “If you disagree with me, YOU are the wrong one, because this is a black-and-white issue with a clear-cut right answer, and I’m right.”
The article on the front page of the Deseret News (May 27) written by Aaron Falk regarding Proposition 8 should have been deep in the paper. It was very disturbing to my wife and myself.
Was this the most important information for your readers? We think not. We feel the editor who chose this item for the front page is doing an injustice to the readers of your good paper.
The article in question was published the day after the California Supreme Court upheld the passing of Proposition 8, and it focused on various groups’ reactions to the decision: gay-marriage advocates, the LDS Church, legal experts, etc. Another article, a straightforward news story about the decision, ran alongside it. It is standard practice to run multiple stories covering different angles of major news stories. But since this one pertains to the gayz, Stan Walker figures no one reading the Deseret News has any interest in it. (Notice, again, that he assumes the way HE feels is the way MOST readers feel.)
Ladies and gentlemen, whether you want to believe it or not, we are witnessing the undermining of our wonderful, inspired Constitution by the Obama administration. All you have to do is contemplate the outrageous things he has pushed on the nation since taking the oath of office.
We are witnessing, literally, the destruction of the Constitution of the United States of America, which is supposed to be the law of the land. How sad that we have allowed this kind of behavior to take place.
Hey, Russell (and this applies to everyone across the political spectrum): People are less inclined to think you’re a ranting crackpot if you’ll include an example of what you’re talking about. Even one example would be enough! I believe you may have learned this while writing essays in your seventh-grade English class. What is the intended reaction to this letter? “Wow, honey, did you know the Constitution is literally being destroyed by Obama? I had no idea, but this person we’ve never met who lives in a town called ‘Nephi’ says it is, and even though he didn’t mention any specifics, I’m inclined to believe him!”?