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Gitlin's sliding scale

Posted: January 4, 2010 3:46 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.
I am writing this letter in response to Roger Gitlin's letter "Vakay reaction was overkill" (The Signal, Dec. 28, 2009).

I think what I find most disturbing about Gitlin's letter is seeing another example of a teacher with a sliding scale on his or her morality. I am stunned at the realization we have teachers in our community who would put their political ideology in front of what they know to be right and wrong.

Perhaps I am just a "disingenuous radical," but I thought teachers were supposed to be examples, even pillars of our society who have the duty and honor to help raise the next generation for a brighter tomorrow. Why would Gitlin speak out against everyone but the guilty and proclaim Vakay is "grounded in appropriate moral and fiscal responsibility?"

I hope I never have an accountant with Gitlin's sense of fiscal responsibility. It could result in a "mistake" making the accountant's account larger and mine smaller.

I did find quite a bit of irony in Gitlin's claim I am the radical, when he is involved with Jim Gilchrist and the Minutemen. Those are the same Minutemen who former President George W. Bush called vigilantes. I guess Bush didn't share Gitlin's assessment of the situation that it was a good idea to have citizens getting locked and loaded and heading for the border of another country to serve out their own brand of justice.


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