The letter headlined, "Adamantly anti-GOP," (Herald, 5-27) caught my eye. Ostensibly, the writer, Peter Mikkelsen, is a former Republican who changed stripes when the depraved Ronald Reagan afflicted the GOP with "unfettering greed."
The letter sounds contrived, since even a large percentage of Democrats who remember President Reagan admire him for restoring a spirit of optimism and cheer after the appalling funk of the Carter administration.
Unlike the current smug Pretender-in-Chief, who merely reads and then repeats the mendacious platitudes of his handlers, Reagan was boldly authentic and lifted the heart of the nation.
So, are Republicans greedy? Sadly, yes -- some Republicans, just like many Democrats, are greedy. But mostly, conservatives are simply guilty of wanting to keep more of their earnings, rather than have them confiscated by the government. They believe in caring for their own needs and in helping others with generous and voluntary good deeds rather than the compulsory provisions of Obamacare or racial preferences, for example.
Greed is much better identified with the behavior of the left, Democrats mostly, who covet the earnings of others and would stridently and even violently procure it like their spawn, the vultures of the "Occupy" movements.
HENRY JOHNSON, Kennewick