Harriet Schley, Naples
I recognize from avid reading of the letters pages in the Daily News that there certainly is a variety of opinion in Collier County, and, of course, that represents the free speech we all hold so dear.
But why of why is the paper required to print those letters that shed so much more heat than light? Jumping off the verbal cliff, as it were.
Here are a couple of statements that struck me as representing truthiness (thanks, Steven Colbert) rather than truth. Example: A writer attacking John Kerry as probably next secretary of state cited among other black marks that he wrote his own Purple Heart requests (not possible by law) and that he went after his current wife because of her money.
Then I read a letter laying out how the Obamas are fooling the country. The letter said "his minions are all corrupted" and the family proceeded on vacation after setting up extravagant Christmas decorations when millions are on the streets starving and "this is starting to show a tendency to communism which this president always had in mind since his election."
Now I'd be more inclined to be influenced by this writer and others of the he said/she said school if they gave me verifiable facts; in this case, which of Obama's minions are in jail, the number of people on the streets starving and a short history of communism and how it relates to this administration. I'll be waiting.