DEAR EDITOR:

It’s interesting to note that when the potato, native to South America, was first introduced by explorers to Europe, many people would not eat it (even if it meant preventing starvation!) because there are no mentions of the potato in the Bible?

Well, we learned the Bible isn’t meant for everything. Thank goodness people stopped using it as a cookbook, and we don’t have to imagine a Chick-fil-A without waffle fries.

It’s hard to imagine ever being afraid of the potato (and the tater-tot, the french fry, let alone the mashed and baked staples of the American diet). But, people fear what they don’t understand. Take it one step further and mislead people into thinking that the fear over what they don’t understand actually comes from the Bible, and you’ve unleashed a very powerful rhetorical device for convincing people.

I wish Donald Conkey would stop using the Bible to try and terrify people into fearing socialism [Marking Veterans Day, 2020] and let them find the information from more appropriate sources than a retired agricultural economist qua exurban messiah. It’s dangerous and disingenuous to try and use the Bible so topically. In other words, be careful when you and God hate all the same things.

Maybe people won’t like socialism based on its own merits once they do their research. Maybe, after careful consideration, they’ll want to be individually responsible for paying the fire or police department directly, or, to put an end once and for all to the redistribution of revenues from the densely populated counties to those less so. Let them tear their Social Security checks and Medicare Part D cards up in the street and burn them like draft cards. Maybe that’s what they will choose after they’ve thought the whole thing through. At least they would be using the framework most appropriate for deciding these sorts of things.

Maria Albrecht

Woodstock

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