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Letters to the Editor July 08, 2011

True progressives want every person to think, be the same

I have to say Allen Johnson was in rare form when he tried to take on the Tea Party in his June 25 letter “Tea Party’s funders want return to 19th Century exploitation.”

While I am sure that the local Tea Party can handle Mr Johnson’s diatribe with ease, it might be more constructive to examine the progressive politics he seems to be so infatuated with. While it is simplistic to think that the progressive movement can be described in a letter to the editor, it is clear from Mr Johnson’s letter as he so casually trots out a few of the many recent progressive causes that he has no idea what the goal is for that movement as a whole.

The progressive movement in this country has long pandered to a wide variety of causes that do not necessarily find themselves in the same ideological camp. Hence, if ideology doesn’t drive the progressive bus, it has to be something else.

Progressives have been collecting groups since the early 20th Century and have constantly kept them isolated from each other. Through these diverse groups they have been able acquire the political power to dictate behavior, thought and activity within the general population without the various groups becoming aware that they are but a means to an end.

True progressives do not care about working conditions for union employees, improving the environment, universal health care, minority rights, or any of a dozen other concerns. They would like for every person in the general population to be the same, think the same, and behave the same way. So much easier to control.

Throughout history the fact that each human is different has long been the fatal flaw in any attempt at a succeassful progressive movement. I suppose that Mr Johnson might take solace by googling George Soros, Moveon.org, or reading on-line the Huffington Post. Many people find the ideas expressed in those places quite frightening as well.

Samuel Strait

Crescent City

 

Kudos to Galatioto for aiding LRT; we can do more for Red’s

I want to thank Jeannine Galatioto, the interim city manager, for thinking fast on her feet at the recent redevelopment meeting on aiding the Lighthouse Repertory Theatre.

Nina Burgess did an excellent job of stating the cause of LRT too.

It is my hope that my City Council could come together like they did June 29 to support the arts in this community. For the first time in months, I saw all the members of my City Council debate an issue fairly.

I was raised in Idaho, near Idaho Falls. The city there aided a group like LRT to take an old theater named The Paramount and transform it.

I would like to make a simple suggestion to all arts groups here in Del Norte County, from the recent harbor gallery to LRT, that they ask the city to create an arts commissioner who could look into creating a partnership with the city to promote, advocate and present a broad spectrum of visual and performing arts here on the North Coast by using the old Red’s Theatre and the Cultural Center, which currently runs in the red for the City.

I have seen this kind of partnership work in Monterey County, in the cities of Salinas, Monterey and Carmel.

Why could it not work here?

Richard M. Miles

Crescent City

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