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Letters to the Editor for May 18, 2018

‘Times, they are a-changing’

To the editor,

Steve Bannon and I seldom agree, but in an interview with a Bloomberg reporter, he said this: “It’s not just sexual harassment, it’s an anti-patriarchy movement. Times are up on 10,000 years of recorded history. This is coming. This is real.”

Bannon meant it as something to be scared of, not at all encouraging, as I do.

Bannon advised Donald Trump during the campaign and for a few months afterward. He believes the people who voted for Trump are scared of the change. His image is of the alpha male over lesser men, and domination over women is a must.

Trump’s election was a direct consequence of this dynamic change in gender relations and responsibility. That is the reason a very good friend voted for Trump. Many times, he has expressed his fear of women gaining strength in business, politics and religion. Much of this cultural bias comes from his childhood family and the church. Church leaders are men, not women. The more religious and farther south a person goes, the more it was true. Was, I hope, maybe the proper word.

The first time I heard a woman should be two steps behind and one to the right was in a southern church. The oft-told words for being a man were to keep the wife barefoot and pregnant. Although the practice no longer exists in most areas of America, the culture still lives on in many of the rural areas Trump won.

Bannon no longer is in the White House or running Breitbart News, but it wasn’t his philosophy that cost him. Both places still run on white males being supreme beings and how others are treated as unimportant. We will see if that is still true in November.   

Chuck Johnson

Morris

Response to Ernie Hicks’ letter

To the editor,

I’m writing this in response to Ernie Hicks’ recent letter in The Herald-News.

Ernie, with all due respect, I must disagree with you when you say that, regarding letters submitted by specific writers, “Once a month is plenty.” Look at it from the perspective of the editors at the newspaper.

Can you definitively say how many letters they receive daily, weekly and/or monthly? What if the letter from “C.J.” was the only one sent in, or one of only, say, two or three? If well-written and timely, I have no problem with seeing a certain individual getting published more than once a month, even if I don’t agree with what is being said, and I’m sure the Herald-News would appreciate having something to put in the letters column of the editorial page.

I also think the editors would appreciate seeing a counter-argument submitted rather than a request to limit writers. And think about this: Send in a rebuttal, and you might win over some folks who otherwise would have had only one opinion presented to them. A well-written rebuttal would allow readers the opportunity to make an educated decision on the topic discussed, don’t you think?

And no, I’m not saying that I agree with everything “C.J.”says. Matter of fact, I too disagree with most of it and have had a few of my own rebuttals published. It’s only my opinion that a logical and well-thought-out response is a much better avenue.

John Babush

Big Rock

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