Your editorial staff should pay a little more attention to the contents of the letters it publishes. There were two letters in the June 21-23 edition of your editorial page regarding the recent Republican convention in Richmond. The two letters, one from Mr. Goldsmith and one from Ms. McGovern, contain identical phrases. For example, concerning the convention nominating process both contain the following: “Such decisions have become a widespread practice of the Republican Party [or “GOP”] in Virginia. For example, efforts led by a small number of right-wing activists in the [“Virginia”] General Assembly to suppress voter turnout, limit women’s health care choices, or advance the agenda of the NRA [“National Rifle Association”] do not reflect the priorities of most Virginians,” and “In selecting E.W. Jackson as its nominee for lieutenant governor, the conservative activists at the GOP convention moved their state ticket to the extreme right.”
It appears the two writers both received the same Democratic talking points. Additionally, not only do their letters share a lack of originality in thought and content, they both use the same, old ad hominem attacks so characteristic of Democrats toward their opponents: they label E.W. Jackson’s positions on Planned Parenthood, gay rights and President Obama as “radical” and “extreme,” and yet neither bother to either explain Mr. Jackson’s positions or refute them.
Patty Healy, Fairfax