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Mock Not the Teabaggers

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Editor:

Emily Hobelmann’s vignette on the Tax Day rally at the Court House reminded me of something Malcolm X once said: “If you’re not careful the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing” (“A Measure of Tea,” April 23). Media generally ignores or minimizes popular demonstrations, but Hobelmann’s mocking, ad hominem portrait of what was, apart from the 2006 immigration protest, our biggest noon rally in years, robbed it of significance and dignity.

The pageantry was quite glorious, and you could hear the horns all the way from Del Norte. We just might yet take up pitchforks and broomsticks and march on Washington. You should have a Tom Paine on your staff and hold the polarizing fluff.

Ellen Taylor, Petrolia

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