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As Americans, we have a God-given responsibility to speak out in picture and word to defend our values and democracy

There is a saying that one person's trash may be another person's treasure. In reading the letters to the editor portion of the Dec. 22 Spotlight, that saying hit home for me.

The letter was entitled "Not a fan of 'unhinged' Trump cartoon" and submitted by a Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas of Warren. While these good folks were shocked and angered by the cartoon, with every right to their opinion, I felt that it was excellent and reflected the truth that needs to be revealed for all Americans concerned about the actions of our national leader.

I noted that Mrs. Thomas did not present any explanation to support her opinion, however. I, now in my 84th year, will present a few facts to establish my point.

As a kid I well remember World War II and the American lives lost fighting a global war. What patriotic citizen in their right mind would equate neo-Nazis with legitimate protesters of fascism that took such a toll in lives defending our country, let alone our supposed leader? And please don't tell me there are Columbia County residents who support the Ku Klux Klan and racism like our president (whose father was a member). Tell me how anyone can doubt the scientific fact of climate change recognized by most of the world. And, more recently, please inform me who, with a rational mind, would hold the United Nations hostage, an institution our country founded and encouraged as an instrument of peace in the world. I could go on, ad infinitum.

This is why that cartoon is relevant and makes a necessary valid point. As Americans, we have a God-given responsibility to speak out in picture and word to defend our values and democracy against this kind of craziness.

Hal Ritz

Scappoose

Contract Publishing

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