I have no issues with the "meat" of Chris Schillig's "dolls on the doorsteps" column (Record-Courier, Aug. 3). I concur that porcelain dolls can be creepy and that cupcakes would have been more appropriate gifts. I also agree that "the word 'Opinion' at the top of the page covers a multitude of sins."
However, in my humble opinion, a blatant disregard for the facts is not among them. By that standard, Mr. Schillig must also believe that our southern border is secure, the I.R.S. under Lois Lerner did nothing wrong, and the tragedy of Benghazi was a "spontaneous demonstration" protesting an offensive video -- in my opinion.
To my knowledge, at no time has John Boehner or any other Republican member of the House or Senate advocated any "oh-so-important attempts to impeach President Obama." True, there are plans in place to file a lawsuit against the president for executive overreach (as exemplified by recent Supreme Court decisions). But Mr. Boehner himself has stated that there are no plans (present or future) to initiate impeachment proceedings. Despite the satire, the cartoonist on that page got it right (in my opinion) quoting Speaker Boehner about "Democrats blowing smoke."
In politics, there are basically two ways to garner support: Tout your successes and demonize your opposition. What successes can supporters of President Obama crow about? Is it the booming economy? Is it the overwhelming popularity of Obama-care? Maybe there are stunning victories in foreign policy. No, no, and no. So, what does that leave? In politics, make people distrust/fear/hate the opposition (whether it involves telling the truth or not). Journalists (including editorial columnists) should have higher standards -- in my opinion.
Scott D. Haseltine, Aurora