I find your Oct. 5 editorial (“Lunar eclipse,” p. 17) absolutely offensive, even though I understand where you are pointing it. Our system has indeed grown overwhelmingly bureaucratic and less responsive to its citizens. America used to be the pioneer; now we're the obstruction. First, despite many bothersome references to government officials, the Republicans took the greatest amount of your heat. Fine, you're an editor. You can have your wrong opinions. Mainly, your classification of the town hall meetings was typical of the liberal left's smear campaign of these absolutely American events. I went to some of them, and the Democrats not only stacked the crowd with supporters, but also they routinely overlooked those with conservative opinions, often calling on a disproportionate number of people wearing some sort of purple on their bodies as if it were some sort of identity marker. Buses of rowdy liberals routinely descended on communities not their own in order to disrupt the very American privilege of speaking one's mind civilly to one's representatives by drowning out the conservative element. Conservative speakers were cut off by shouting liberals who then attacked the conservatives in the crowd for the smallest outburst. It horrifies me that this genuine outpouring of political expression can be so attacked by the liberal community and their uber-leaders. I could go on, but what's the point? You've obviously made up your mind and closed it. I am sorry to have wasted the time on one so powerful that he can express himself freely in his own magazine. As Mark Twain once said: “If you don't read the paper, you are uninformed. If you do read the paper, you are misinformed.” Please forgive me as I try to adapt to the new Amerika.
Dave LaumannArcata, Calif.