Response to a private letter

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To the Editor:

I am a Democrat because I feel that it is the party that best represents my views on such wide ranging issues as health care, public safety, environmental protection, and the rights of women and minorities, to name a few.  To me, Democrats are socially progressive and no less fiscally responsible than Republicans.  I was proud that we were the first to nominate a person of color to the highest office in the land.

But that is not why I write.  I am writing because it is the only way I can think of to respond to someone who recently wrote to me at the Keizer Community Library where I am a volunteer.  You see, the writer did not give his (or her) name, address or phone number.  The letter itself made many of those claims about the president that even responsible leaders of the Republican Party have seen fit to denounce.

I do want to make it clear that my views have never affected library operations including the selection and display of library materials, something in which I still have some involvement. The only criteria applied to resources of a political nature is that they be current and in good condition.  Whether it is written by Bill O’Reilly or Barack Obama is irrelevant.  (I do admit that I once bought a book by Sarah Palin and donated it to the library because I thought that it would be of interest, and it was.)

If the writer of that letter had only identified him (or her)self, I would have responded privately.  Since I can’t, I take this opportunity to do so publicly.  See you at the library!

Art Burr
Keizer

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