Editor,

It’s not easy trying to keep up with Matt Grocott’s comments. So, some thoughts on some of his recent articles.

Although it is doubtful he would have been involved in the riot itself, why would he have wanted to be there? The only explanation would have been to protest the election result. Despite being certified in many, many court cases, did he really believe it was rigged? He needs to offer evidence if he does. Apparently no one else could.

Almost a million people volunteered to work on the election count, yet, no one has come forward to admit wrong doing. That’s unusual, considering that no two people can keep a secret.

Then there is his refusal to be vaccinated. Smallpox and polio were eradicated through vaccines, but  measles, among others, are making a comeback precisely because of the anti-vaxxers. Now he may be a potential carrier, and a health risk to others. That is thoughtless.

Staying on the anti-science subject, in one recent column, he brought up Darwin’s doubts concerning his  evolutionary theory. As I explained in a recent letter to this paper, to be objective, a true scientist should have doubts. However, those doubts have long since been resolved in Darwin’s favor.

I believe Mr. Grocott’s views have run their course, and perhaps he should be forced to rant like the rest of us — in the letters’ format.

His replacement? If you can find one, a much-needed rational and reasonable conservative voice.

Kent Lauder

Burlingame

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(11) comments

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Mr. Lauder,

Mr. Grocott said he wanted to support the President. Not, as you claim, "...be part of the protest...". To the contrary, Matt stated "...attending a rally is not my thing...". So the assumption you make about Matt's motives are baseless and misleading. Moving on, are you claiming that there is a potential of eradicating COVID-19 with the current vaccines? Not according to the paperwork I was given and read. It said we can still give and get the disease after being vaccinated. So once again you make a bassless and misleading assertion. Though this time not so much from an assumption. Finally, your opinion about Darwin's Theory is better left to scientists. Which I am not.

Aristotle said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." To me, that means keeping an open mind. How about you?

Ray Fowler

Move over Woodward and Bernstein... Wilfredo is in the house!

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Mr. Fowler,

You are to kind. Thank you. You are one of my inspirations.

Tommy Tee

I have no desire to ban him. I simply scroll by his drivel.

Terence Y

Mr. Lauder – you want to censor Mr. Grocott and yet, according to your lengthy summary of various contents in Matt's columns, it’s readily apparent you’re a fan of reading his columns. Let me propose a simple solution – stop reading Mr. Grocott’s column. As far as I know, there’s no law forcing you to do so. However, I do thank you for writing such a wonderful letter, showing the power of Matt to unite people – at least in reading his column.

Dirk van Ulden

Of course we need to recognize that Kent has a long running feud with Matt and simply cannot match Matt's eloquence. It also never ceases to amaze me that the left insists on censorship. As one on the conservative side, I am struck by the inane columns written by some other DJ contributors but I would not favor removing them from the pages. We all need a good laugh once in a while and most of them on the left provide that comical, if not shallow, contribution.

Ray Fowler

Talk about eloquence... you got it, Dirk.

Tafhdyd

Dirk,

It is funny how things written one way work just as well the other way. Substitute right for left in your comment and it works just fine. I also get a laugh reading a lot of the comedy columns on the right.

Ray Fowler

Good morning, Kent

There may be a simpler alternative. If you don't like what Matt has to say, then don't read his columns.

Beyond the specter of censorship hanging over the removal of a columnist just because some readers don't like what he or she has to say... who would decide what constitutes a "rational and reasonable conservative voice"?

Last week, Jonathan Madison's column described Governor Newsom's anti-recall campaign as propaganda and "sleight of hand." So, if a reader decides they don't like Jonathan's column, should he be cancelled?

I gotta tell ya... based on what I've seen posted from several readers on the left side of the aisle over the past year... they don't want to hear what you have described as a "rational and reasonable conservative voice." However, that's not a reason to print only the left's narrative.

I would much rather prefer to see those who don't like what they read in DJ columns to respond to columnists and others with their point of view. That's a tall order...

Tafhdyd

Ray,

I would say that I pretty much agree with your comments. You know where I am and I know where you are.

I think it is important to print the extremes because it is necessary to open some peoples eyes as what their neighbors might actually be thinking. After reading two or three comments or LTE's, most everyone knows what to expect from the writer. The key thing to remember is not to take a sip of coffee before you read their latest off the wall comment so you don't spit all over your keyboard. [smile]

Ray Fowler

Funny.

Yes, you and I can trade opinions back and forth with respect, and while sometimes a little snark may sneak into the exchange, it's only for a laugh and never mean-spirited . I appreciate your commentary... it compels me to take another look at my own point of view.

Now, I am biased... no foolin'... a right leaning centrist... but it seems to me as a general rule (does not apply to everyone) that the right side of the aisle brings a little more substance to almost every debate in this forum. I say that because their is a loose cadre of left leaning readers who just disappear when they are pressed to go beyond sound bites and MSM talking points. I cannot tell you how many times I have crafted a detailed response with supporting data only to have the other side respond with crickets.

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