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5/7/2012 9:45:00 PM
Letter: Well-written columns are too one-sided


There is no question that syndicated columnist Susan Stamper Brown knows how to write.

Sadly, however, all of her columns shout out the same old tune: "I am a Republican, I am a Republican." I wonder if she gets her material from Michael Reagan.

It would appear from her columns that her belief is that everything Republicans say or do is right and everything that Democrats say or do is wrong - and for me, that makes her columns virtually useless.

The fact is that were she able to write about issues with an open mind, she might actually catch my attention, but her one and only way of thinking totally turns me off.

I tried to email her recently to share these thoughts but her email address is a phony ... I don't wonder.

In summary, she is a perfect example of what is really wrong with our country today ... one sided, myopic thinking leading to what we now have ... a polarized society.

Paul Baskin


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Lynne

Paul is correct, Stamper Brown is way out in right field. She slings the incendiary adjectives like race-baiting, class warfare, Communist, anarchists, anti-capitalists, Marxists, Socialists, all in one article, and defends a newby Tea Party guy who slings innuendos claiming that the Progressives are liken to Communists and should get the H out of town. I think Stamper Brown is the one who should leave.

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Article comment by: Veritas Semper

Obviously Mr. Baskin, you don't read the Courier every day as the Left's talking points are a far more frequent occurance. Your complaint and obviously partisan leanings are noted and summarily dismissed as a whiney rant.

Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Bergman

OK, I'll concede the point, Rev, but bear in mind that several in these threads truly believe they have a right to be "heard" not just speak. They earnestly and honestly believe they have the right to a forum and that others must yield to that right and give heed. Something very much to be wary of. bergman_blogs@yahoo.com

Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

The secular progressives get much of the print play, plus MSNBC and CNN junk too. The traditionalists have to get their word in somewhere, and Bill O'Reilly needs help. Otherwise we'll end up like another Greece: so bankrupt they can't even declare bankruptcy and start over. Even mighty Germany's government consumes 87% of their GDP.

Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Ah Chris, you know me too well. For clarity, "heard" in this instance is not synonymous with listen and certainly not acceptance. I seek only to protect a right to speech, even if we sometime speak unwell.

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Bergman

Rev, sorry, close but no cigar (or other recreational treat of your choice). While both certainly have the right to speak, to be heard requires that another listen. No one has the right to expect others to listen to them. Not even me. bergman_blogs@yahoo.com

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: Go Figure

I have read many of Susan's columns and find them to be mostly factual. I researched many of her statements in this column also and was pleased to see someone who is intelligent and brave enough to speak the truth.

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Susan Stamper Brown states an opinion. Paul Baskin states an opinion on Susan. Though neither have a legal right to be printed both have a moral right to be heard.

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Bowden

Paul: And, on the other side doing exactly the same thing for the other side (which appears to be fine with you), we have the local duo of Cantlon/Amster. People that complain about bias only from one side are a large part of the problem. I'm not a lefty, but I don't whine about them being published. We see here one of the major differences of the left and the right, and why I'm not on the left. My low tolerance for hypocrisy. Obviously, you have no such limitation.

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: Won't make the grade 750

I read the editorial section for two reasons. When it's a state or national story I have running bet with a few others as to will this be Daily Show worthy.
And if it's local, will it make the most view list the next day.
I'm no expert, but it seems to me the only people who believe anything in the opinion sections are the members of the choir. Even the pundits sooner or later start to contradict themselves, making just about any rational argument become irrelevant.
Maybe instead of looking at the world and finding satisfaction in what you see is wrong with it, start to look for what is right about it.
Some years back, got the chance to see the Rolling Stones. During a break, I heard a guy complain that he thought Keith's guitar was out of tune. Wonder if that guy is leading a happy life?

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: J. Madison

Very interesting critique, Paul. So why didn't you address any of the issues she has raised with facts and reason in your letter?

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: James Madison


And the secular progressive Democrat articles are perfectly "fair and balanced, right? Get over yourself. You guys get 90% of the news coverage as it is.

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: IATOLA YASO .

Well Baskin! Anyone who does not agree with your opinions are obviously closed minded people, because only YOU are capable of OPEN MINDED thoughts. Any Republican or Republican thinking is obvious heresy. Wow Paul, how did you become so smart about this stuff, is it the OPEN MIND?

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

America has become more polarized as the Democrats are led by progressives. This clearly causes the Republicans to move to a more conservative position to the right. We have tried the policies of the left over the past 6 years of Democrat control of the senate and a lack of a budget for over three years thanks to Democrat leadership in the senate. The next election will clear up which direction the country will move. Then we will see what conservative leadership will do to pull us out of this economy Bush and Obama have put us in.

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

I agree, Paul. But in Arizona alone, 31% of us are now no longer registered to a major party (an example of what is getting better in our country) . Unfortunately, there are no media jobs for Independent, balanced columnists.

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