Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Too many critics, too few doers

Allen K. Holcomb's guest opinion (Aug. 19) reflects a poor grasp of the "liberal mind," and is filled with erroneous criticisms rather than any substantive suggestions for how our country might pull together and address the nation's problems, which are the result of poor decisions on both sides of the political aisle.

If Mr. Holcomb were truly a scholar of anything political, he would acknowledge the appalling domestic and international policies of the George W. Bush administration that are responsible for approximately two-thirds of our crippling national debt.

Providing a soapbox for Fox-style misinformation, hate and rudeness has no place in a newspaper that is serious about engaging the public in a thoughtful discussion of how we move forward in a constructive fashion.

As Theodore Roosevelt stated, "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Mr. Holcomb, get into the arena with some real suggestions, or hold your peace.

Taylor Walker


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