published Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The fine line between humor and paranoia and other letters to the editors

The fine line between humor and paranoia

Saturday's May 11 editorial (A federal war on caffeine?) postulates that "of the beloved ritual of morning coffee and the newspaper, the coffee may disappear due to 'nanny state' interference."

Some might argue that the newspaper would disappear first, although the unlikely alliance of Walter Hussman and Warren Buffett would beg to differ (see Buffett's 2012 letter to Berkshire shareholders).

I see the source of the article was The Washington Times, founded as a conservative alternative to the Washington Post by the Rev. Son Yung Moon. Moon's "Moonies" are young people working at various locations around the country. How libertarian!

The recently added columnist Ron Hart stated that "the socialist Obama is doing his best to wreck our free enterprise system, but is so bad at it that market indexes have reached record highs."

There seems to be a fine line between right-wing humor and garden-variety paranoia or, for that matter, the ridiculous. Can't a fellow with a resume of a masters degree from a "top 50 college" do a better job of selection?

BYRON CHAPIN, Hixson


Democrats are to blame as much as GOP

In letter to the editor on April 27, the writer stated amazement that the poor and the middle class vote Republicans and blames everything on the GOP. Maybe if she would read the paper, listen to the radio, or watch TV news, just maybe, she would see that the Democrats and the GOP are to blame.

It seems to me that both sides of the aisle voted to lift the sequester, so that everyone could get a vacation. Or, as it was stated, "so they can talk to and get ideas from the people back home."

I wish I could have free medical care and guaranteed income for the rest of my life.

It took all of the Democrats and GOP to vote this for themselves, and behind closed doors in the middle of the night.

Wake up, and pay attention to what is going on.

DAVID P. BELL, Cleveland, Tenn.

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