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Playing the victim is not a good argument 

Robert, in response to your commentary (“This inauguration is a sham� Jan. 20-27), I do give you credit for wanting to “learn to listen better and communicate more — to understand and be more understood.�

However, for future reference do not infer that people who disagree with your political views, i.e. Bush voters, “are not thinking, reasonable people who do not know the difference between fact and fiction.� Otherwise you are just preaching to the choir of liberals and demeaning those others who voted for our president, all 60 million of them.

Secondly, you bemoan the legitimacy of the election and cry that John Kerry would take responsibility if he were in office. I find it interesting that in doing so you are taking the classic liberal stance of assigning blame, being the victim, and looking for the easiest way out. “The voting machines don’t work!� Is your “reputable source� the same sweet grandma from Florida who could not punch out the ballot in Florida four years ago?

If you truly mean what you say about wanting to learn from others, then my take my advice, as I encourage you to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference between the two. You might have to break from your party ranks to do so, but it would be worthwhile for yourself and also for your readers.


Matt Taylor

San Luis Obispo

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