Editor: It was indeed an astonishing disconnect in Chris Manthos’ Nov 24 letter to the editor. It seems the writer did not really read the Bianchis’ Nov. 22 letter to the editor. The letter accuses the Bianchis of “despising” veterans, of being “free to spew contempt on the very people that defend them,” yet their letter contains nothing whatsoever indicating that. Not a single word.
In fact, the Bianchis’ letter says “… veterans may rightfully be thanked for sacrifices they make to defend this country …” The letter is respectful of veterans and activists alike, and points out that not only veterans have sacrificed much for the good of this country, that activists also risk everything when protesting governmental injustice, and that their right to protest derives from the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. No disrespect of veterans was stated or even implied.
On the other hand, Manthos’ letter goes far out of its way to attack “trust fund baby environmentalists,” “violent animal rights cohorts,” “illegal alien advocates,” and “corrupt labor bosses,” and by association, the Bianchis. It also specifically attacks the Bianchis, saying that they have “loathing for veterans,” “a comfortable Bluemont lifestyle,” they “tisk-tisk about [veterans] while … at a winery gathering with other uptight leftist cult members,” etc.
All are words that serve to elicit hate. All are characterizations and assumptions not found in the Bianchis’ letter. All the loathing and spewing of contempt is in Manthos’ letter.
In this time of proliferating hate and distrust, it is surprising and unfortunate that Loudoun Now would publish such a letter. By contrast, the Loudoun Times-Mirror policy states: “Letters containing personal attacks, offensive language or characterizations are rejected.” Loudoun Now should adopt that policy as well.
Andrew Schuler, Leesburg