There is so much incorrect information in this letter ("Hard Left," Mailbox, March 28) that I'm surprised NCJ did not post an editor's note after the letter.
The Democratic party is very definitely not socialist. Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib consider themselves socialists or democratic socialists. Otherwise, the vast majority of Democrats in Congress are pretty middle of the road. They may appear somewhat leftish since so many Republicans in Congress currently are quite right wing. Nor are the Democrats anti-America and if anyone is pro-tyranny, it's very clearly the GOP.
The $93 trillion price tag for the Green New Deal has definitely been bandied about, but "the estimate, which comes from a right-leaning think tank, has important caveats, and experts told us the Green New Deal is too vague to try to estimate its cost" (www.factcheck.com).
New York's Reproductive Health Act permits abortions when — according to a medical professional's "reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient's case" — "the patient is within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient's life or health" (again from www.factcheck.com). As for Katy Tran's bill in Virginia, I refer you to a Feb. 1 article in the New York Times headlined "Fake News About Abortion in Virginia." You can hardly say our press hardly noticed this matter when an article appeared in the Times.
Mark Chaet, Arcata
A letters submission titled "Hard Left" details concern about the leftward swing of the Democrats. As a moderate Independent, I share some of those same concerns. That said, the letter writer cherry-picked the most left wing policies and comments when polls plainly show most Democrats are moderates.
I saw no condemnation or ridicule of far right politicians such as Congressman Steve King of Iowa. One of many examples is a meeting with a far right European Political Party founded by an ex Nazi officer and Mr. King is well-known for being sympathetic to White Nationalist organizations. Yes, those guys. Like the jack-booted ones at the Charlottesville rally marching with the torches, chanting "Jews will not replace us," one of whom ran down and killed 23-year-old Heather Heyer.
If you honestly think that AOC's conduct rates disdain, but not Rep. King, God bless you. So, as to avoid looks of disgust from the public, I'd recommend keeping it to yourself, though. Otherwise, perhaps, perspective on the extreme wings of either party would be more appropriate.
John Dillon, Eureka