Letter to the Editor: Left vs. Right, public land debate

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OPINION – Let’s get beyond this ‘heroic patriot v. the socialist Luddite’ narrative. The most powerful tool in the dissenter’s repertoire is doubt. Once sown, it can be difficult to dismiss. But, as powerful as it may be, it is as equally inauthentic; and it highlights either a lack of imagination or an inability (or at least an unwillingness) to go toe-to-toe in the arena of logical reasoning.

I think it’s safe to say that a legitimate fear of an American communist state is behind us. The ideology of centralized socialism has been weighed, measured, and found wanting. So, instead of predicating a stance on a worn-out argument, come to the table with something defensible, or stay home.

What’s even more dangerous than the deliberate misrepresentation of facts is a skewed perspective of reality. Mr. Lyman may not have driven all the way down Recapture Canyon; and Mr. Ivory may not have borne arms inside that Oregon wildlife refuge; but their spirits were alive and well in the hearts and minds of their ideological constituents.

Submitted by Joshua Boling, Logan

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  • KarenS February 9, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Excellent point! The recent Congressional “hearing” held in St. George is another example. I listened to the live stream where Reps. Chaffetz, Stewart, and Bishop listened to speaker after speaker not just present facts as they should have, but then respond to the speakers’ rants with emotionally charged rhetoric that feeds right into the current armed occupation in Oregon. It wasn’t a fact-finding hearing in any sense of the word. Some of the speakers had legitimate concerns but the grandstanding and showmanship of our elected Congressman was disgusting.

    • mesaman February 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      At least you came away with an opinion, but who values that?

      • .... February 10, 2016 at 9:21 am

        You just came in and made another stupid comment like you always do. nobody values anything you have to say

  • .... February 9, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Elected officials are no better than Bundy and his band of flag waving thugs. same thing !

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