Evidently Marian Owens of Glendale is unaware that the greater majority of people and voters in the United Sates of America are those "radical feminist educated elitist socialists democrats" she writes about.

Not sure who the persons that are "spewing imagined self-superiority and obvious hatred" she refers to.

Owens concludes: "The decent thing to do is treat others with respect and courtesy, etc."

This all leaves me as a confused reader.

Oliver Warren

Roseburg

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Gimpy

Oliver, your letter is quite lucid. You are not the one confused; Owens is.

CitizenJoe

Oiver, yes.

Most of us believe in identifying and dealing with the the *root* causes of problems. That makes us radicals in the true meaning of the word.

Most of us believe in, and support, equal rights for women. Yeah, that makes us feminists, even if some people regard that as an epithet.

Most of us are fairly educated; not as many, not as well as we might hope and strive for, but people alive today are, on average, the best-educated in the history of the world.

Most of us recoil from domination by pretenders who inherited or stole wealth and power (kings, dictators, hereditary billionaires, and so on), but we acknowledge and respect real elites: Olympic medalists, the best scientists and engineers, and architects, Navy Seals, Army Special Forces, (real) astronauts, inter alia. Nobody wants to be operated on by a bottom-tier surgeon, or drive across a bridge designed by a sloppy engineer. I'd submit that, at heart, we are elitists. If we wish to survive.

Now, socialism: if socialism is the ownership of all of the means of production by the state and its workers--the classic definition of socialism--well, I don't personally know any socialists. But the epithet "socialist" gets hurled at people who support Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, public libraries, etc. I am that kind of quasi-"socialist" and proud of it.

Ah, Democrats: Democrats outnumber Republicans by the millions, won the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections, and so on, but it's true that enough people are not registered in either major party to allow a statement about "most people" and party.

But, you know what? I think most people are radical, feminist, educated, elitist quasi-socialists, and that's close enough.

"radical feminist educated elitist socialists democrats"

dejadoodoo

Appreciated your thoughtful opinion...thumbs up. But, there's "most people" and most Douglas County people. I have absolutely nothing against anyone's political standing (heck, I've never voted for a Clinton -- either of them), but these days it seems many locals have mostly unhinged themselves from rational thought...fully engaging in Trump Delusion Syndrome (GOP TDS) and Biden Derangement Syndrome (BDS). Douglas County...if it makes you feel good, please send gobs of money to the man who says he loves the uneducated...then move forward, not backwards.

mworden

Thank you for your letter, Oliver[thumbup] I'm trying to find the humor is watching rude people telling others to act more civilly. It's been happening a lot lately. As result, I feel a strong urge to behave more rudely. Maybe not the best plan.

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While you hold it you can’t get lost.

Tragedies happen; people get hurt

or die; and you suffer and get old.

Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.

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NJ

You forgot "(and their male counterparts)" which we suppose would make them "Radical Maleinist Educated Elitist Socialists Democrats".

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