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Corrections

The letter about “donkeys” that appeared in last week’s TRIBUNE requires a number of corrections. While its author is surely a fine, God-fearing person who would never consciously utter an untruth, he is poorly informed about who Democrats are, their numbers in Rabun County, and the liberal culture many of them espouse. So I would like to introduce him and others of his persuasion to the Democratic Party.

For one thing, in Rabun County and elsewhere, we are a diverse group–in race, in gender, in age, in social and economic status, and in political viewpoints. In my view, some of us are guilty of what he calls PC, that is, intolerance of viewpoints other than their own; others are the epitome of tolerance while still others are somewhere in between. In a word, we are more diverse than Republicans, but not all that different from our fellow Americans on the other side of the aisle.

Second, 1443 not 3 voters in Rabun County voted for Hillary Clinton. I won’t speak for everyone else, but I and numerous others are proud of our vote and do not regret it one bit.

Finally, “eight years of pure misery” is in the eyes of the beholder. My wife and I have had a wonderful 8 years, in part because we bought a house in Rabun County and moved here full time. Despite being in the minority in our political views, we cherish the land and people here and look forward to many years of participation in the vibrant civic society that is so vital to the democracy the vast majority of us cherish. Along the way, we may convert some to the Democratic Party or be converted to another group. But we will always try to respect those who have different views and base our interaction and judgments on facts and analysis rather than emotions and tribalism.

Written by Bill Steuck, printed on xx/xx/2017