Saturday, May 28, 2005

A Heartening Response

A lot of people, myself included, were upset when the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal let a left-wing loon named Sandy Wold use the pages of this Gannett newspaper to spew anti-Semitic hatred. As I noted in an item last week, the Journal handled the matter poorly by running a self-serving editorial that wrapped itself in the First Amendment.

However, it should be noted that the response of the local community in Ithaca has been heartening. Judging from the letters column of the Journal, which last week overflowed with condemnation of Wold and not a single letter in support, people are still upset.

In a letter today, a reader excoriates Wold for saying in an apology last week that "Our planet has evolved to a point where we are ready to admit that we do not know what is truth anymore."

Said the response today: "
This opinion goes beyond mere foolishness; it is obscene. A ditch full of bodies at Auschwitz is, in fact, the truth. Stalin's purges are the truth." The outraged reader concludes: "Sandy Wold may go ahead and do all the 'inner work' she wants, but The Journal, its self-aggrandizing free-speech sidebar notwithstanding, ought to encourage her to do it somewhere else."


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