Letters to the Editor
February 24, 2021

To the Editor:
Second Opinion
I had planned on discussing Jackson Pollack, Pimm's Cup, and listing the weaponry retrieved from the mob in Trump's Capitol War, but two events intervened.
First, Texas (TX) is in a critical condition even as it warms up after a week of single-digit temperatures and the failure of their power grid. People are dying of the cold, lack of food and potable water, sanitation (frozen toilet pipes were being emptied into trash bags). The suffering there is still almost unimaginable. Governor Abbott (note to Don Jr., he's a Republican, not a Democrat) told Texans to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, and initially rejected federal assistance. He blamed the Green New Deal (which does not yet exist) for a long line of governors failing to regulate and make essential improvements to the power grid which TX and ERCOT operate, by choice outside the federal system. TX views power production as a profit enterprise rather than a public need. Larry Kudlow blames Biden.
Meanwhile, TX senator Ted Cruz counseled his constituents to "stay home and hug your kids" during the freezing storms, and blamed his 10- and 12-year-old daughters for forcing him to practice “good dad" skills by accompanying them on a flight to Cancun; what could he do in TX? Apparently Ted's wife, who went along, is incapable of chaperoning their children alone. (In TX, Democrats raised four million dollars for relief) While his staff was aiding and assisting constituents, Ted sniffed the looming PR disaster and hightailed it back to his stricken state and his poodle Snowflake, left alone in a freezing, dark house. And passed out one flat of water in an empty parking lot, absent aides and press.
Second, the phenomenon that was Rush Limbaugh died last week. No one would wish the suffering he endured with lung cancer on anyone. However, if the truly malign state of political affairs in the country could be laid at the feet of any one person, it would be Limbaugh. He started off as a well-informed comedic critic of The Left (fair enough) and morphed into a champion of those "without a voice" who would publicly utter for them the rude, cruel, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, conspiratorial, and undemocratic things they were too afraid or "civilized" to say themselves. They got over it.
Limbaugh had the astounding power to imprint a heroic persona on a man like Donald Trump, as unprincipled and fundamentally unattractive as he is, such that one political party would forgive him anything however gross, selfish, or illegal. His community of "Dittoheads" were convinced that the GOP was the working-class Party and equated any criticism of the patriotic Right by the Left with hatred of country. He burnished victimized validation and the ugly comfort of "us vs. them." Democrats were enemies of the state and were "not entitled to govern.” Dittos either do not understand or do not care that Democracy is not sustainable under those conditions.
“In my heart and soul, I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement,” Limbaugh shared with the nation. You can't argue with that.
Kelly Scoles,


To the Editor:
After reading Kelly's letter and your response I am compelled to enter the conversation. I am sure if I had written anything close to what Kelly said about our former President Trump only using the name Barrack Obama and posted it on Facebook or Twitter I would be banned from those platforms for life. I find it difficult to understand how someone can spew forth such hatred toward our 45th President. I am sure writing as she does is symptomatic of a very unhappy liberal. Since Martin did such a thorough job dispelling Kelly's multitude of lies and misinformation, I simply want to provide some positive information concerning President Trump.
Shortly before Rush Limbaugh's death I am told he wrote the following letter to President Trump.
"My days on earth are numbered: But before I fade away, there is something important I need to say. It may not be important to anyone else: but it's important to me. Win, lose or fraud President Trump, I just want to say thank you for the last four years.
Thank you for making it cool to be an American again. Thank you for showing us that we don't need to be under China's thumb anymore economically, or any other way. Thank you for one of the strongest economies we've ever experienced in my lifetime.
Thank you for all you have done for the minority communities and the outstanding decrease in the unemployment rate you had. Thank you for making it feel good to love our country and to be a proud patriot again.
Thank you for supporting our Nation's flag and the men and women who fought for the freedom that stands behind that flag. Thank you for supporting our nation's law enforcement organizations, and understanding how difficult their job really is.
Thank you for quelling the flood of illegal immigration, and bringing to justice the thousands of criminals that flood brought us. Thank you for giving corporations a reason to come back to America to make our own products and put Americans back to work.
Thank you for bringing our troop’s home from endless deployments that presented us with little more than body bags: and for your commitment to strengthen our military.
Thank you for operation warp speed and keeping your promise to bringing the Covid 19 vaccine to us in less than a year. Thank you for your never-ending attempts at bringing peace to the Middle East and support Israel.
Thank you for your Tax relief, and thank you for our energy independence. Most of all though... THANK YOU for taking a damn rotten job that you never had to take!!! Thank you for caring enough for this country to want to try and make a difference.
Thank you for showing America how little Career Politicians actually work for their constituents: for showing us how much those politicians despise you for showing America how easy it is to build a great nation, rather than rape her to line their own pockets and stock portfolios.
Thank you for allowing us to experience a President that wasn't a lifelong politician, but a lifelong American.
When you consider all that President Trump accomplished in four years it's no wonder the liberals are scared to death of him. He showed them for what they are and Kelly is doing an excellent job showing us just how desperate liberals really are.
Dave Johnson,