Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

The great Author and Poet, Carl Sandberg, said “If the facts are against you, argue the law.  If the law is against you, argue the facts.  If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.”

This came to mind as I was reading J. Johnson’s letter to the Editor of September 12.

There were no evidential refutations of fact of my letter of August 29.  When the author was unable to refute the many facts, examples and conclusions I listed, he resorted to ad hominem attacks on my motivation, character, and wishes for the country.

He wrote that I wish to see the country “torn apart”.  I would argue that radicals like Alex Jones, Tucker Carlson, Ann Coulter, and Franklin Graham are the ones pushing the country to “civil war” with their inflammatory rhetoric.

If my Indiana to Chicago “gun running” theory doesn’t “hold water” as alleged, let the author prove that and as an honorable, thinking person, I’ll admit any error. In fact, in a Washington Post study in 2017, 20% of the guns recovered in Chicago were from Indiana.  I did call for swift and severe punishment for those individuals trafficking in weapons and using them in violent crimes.

The writer finally accuses me of not supporting the troops and first responders.

First, as a retired professional Firefighter, I take offense to the accusation.

Second, I never said that I kneel during the National Anthem, nor do my friends, that I am aware of.  I, however, have taken the time to read and educate myself on why the athletes do take a knee, and I support their right to do so, as enumerated in the First Amendment, barring the abridgement of free speech.

  1. Johnson would be much better served to study the issues, write factual letters, and refrain from ad hominem attacks on those who put careful thought into their opinion writing.

Scott Brodie


Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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