Letters, Feb. 8
Lyons column insulting
Gene Lyons is a columnist.
He may have attended the same school of journalism as Johnny One Note Leonard Pitts: The Institute of Higher Disingenuity.
In his column published Jan. 30, headed “At the one-year mark, Biden is in good company,” he writes, “For all the wailing and gnashing of teeth about high gasoline prices and 7% inflation — both outside the president’s control ...”
I do not know how to characterize this other than insulting.
Ending oil independence may have had a hand in it. Denying new drilling permits may have had a hand in it. Looking for ways to terminate existing drilling leases may have a hand in it.
And inflation? Try flooding the country with printed money and see what happens.
These are not esoteric circumstances known to a few, these are in-your-face, deliberate, egregious consequences known to all who can read or watch television.
Can we not have honest opinions without insulting the reader?
Some writers have reacted to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival pre-show announcement concerning land acknowledgement. One patron will no longer support OSF. Also, a patron was made to feel more guilty. Another felt that the tone could be construed to sound like a shaming of those with European ancestry.
One writer was unaware that tribes lived in the Rogue Valley. The writer expressed a desire to learn about the Rogue Valley Indians. I suggest reading “Valley of the Rogues,” by Percy T. Booth, published by the Josephine County Historical Society.
The Rogues didn’t have a written language. The history was passed down by word of mouth. Percy T. Booth learned the Rogue history from the mouth of a Native American. This booklet gives an account of the early customs and living conditions of the Rogue Indians (pre-European).
Is it necessary to give an uninvited history lesson that might be inaccurate, thus making informed people unhappy? For those that say yes, I disagree. Is it necessary to give an uninvited history lesson, that might be inaccurate, to those seeking entertainment? For those who say yes, I disagree. OSF should drop the pre-show and make the booklet by Percy T. Booth available.