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Scapegoating easy; solutions not

| Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

The monthly letters of Kathleen Bollinger and Ron Raymond have in common a strong-felt need to exercise their First Amendment right to freely speak their minds and that's great. But they also have in common an obsessive need for scapegoating.

Their broken-record themes, however, have escalated to the point of incredulity.

Bollinger, in her most recent missive (“Answers,” Aug. 5) blasts President Obama (again) for causing and hiding virtually every “scandal” including Benghazi (again), but also endorses strongly waterboarding torture as a method of securing answers. That's both immoral and un-American.

Ron Raymond tirelessly advocates the Ayn Rand/Milton Friedman economic philosophies and constantly faults President Obama for failure to understand and exercise this retrograde thinking. He is usually incisive and gently articulate, but his recent letter (“Not corporate deserters II,” Aug. 13) goes over the top. In a very duplicitous question, he cleverly blames his scapegoat, the “politically attractive but grossly inexperienced” Obama, for virtually all the major recent national and international problems in the news.

We live in troublesome times and as a nation, we must deal with problems of great complexity. Expressions of concern and fair judgment — as well as analysis of individuals and events — are inevitable and at times even helpful.

Constant scapegoating, however, is not uplifting and becomes tiresome. It is more taxing and productive to offer positive ideas and solutions.

Robert Jedrzejewski

Tarentum

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