THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
CRASHING THE TEA PARTY

Frustration at imminent defeat reduces reader to name-calling

October 6, 2010

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I FIND it remarkable that a serious newspaper like the Globe would publish J. Halprin’s infantile rant on political matters that was filled with abusive name-calling such as “a lunatic like Christine O’Donnell’’ and a reference to the “dimwittedness’’ of Sarah Palin (“Angry indeed — at candidates who kowtow to Tea Party,’’ Letters, Sept. 29). From all the factual data publicly available, the Tea Party movement certainly doesn’t deserve the unwarranted insults “loud’’ and “obnoxious’’ that Halprin feels so free to spew. I wonder if she turns a blind eye to the frequent uncivil conduct of her own co-politicos.

Halprin’s frustration in the face of what appears to be an imminent defeat for her fellow political adherents is obvious. But name-calling is the certain sign of immaturity.

Does mere difference of opinion justify such immoderate defamation?

Joseph Ress
Waban

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