I read Catherine Minolli's column on the Lapeer TEA Party in the Sept. 9th issue and felt that it was a bit off the mark.
I am a supporter of this group, have attended a few gatherings, and feel that what they are fighting for is to stop the continuous overspending of our government regardless of if it is a Republican or Democrat in office. In my opinion, they have come into existence and are so vocal because the current administration has taken spending to such an incredibly new level. The existing news media doesn't seem interested and neither Republicans or Democrats seem interested in taking this seriously which leaves the best route to be a true "grass roots" movement to try and convince our elected leaders to change the way they act.
In reference to the column, I have found reports on FOX to be very interesting and enlightening. It's always good to listen to views that differ than what is generally available elsewhere.
Minolli's comment "We are a country filled with rage and hugely divided, bent on deepening the fissure, not bridging it," I also feel could use some clarification.
*...a country filled with rage—Yes, we are enraged that the government continues to spend money it doesn't have;
*...and hugely divided— Yes, we are divided in that we don't want a government that reduces our freedoms by trying to provide everything under the sun with money it doesn't have;
*... bent on deepening the fissure, not bridging it—Yes, we will not accept a socialist tyranny.
I do agree with Minolli that the Hitler and hammer and sickle signs are a bit uncalled for. They seem to have taken a page right out of the left wing liberals who used to show signs of George Bush with devil horns. It wasn't right then and it isn't right now.
Thank you for your time, the column really disappointed me and I felt that I needed to let you know how many of us feel.