Letters to the editor

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker usually states her viewpoints with reason, and I respect her opinions even if they are not mine.

Surprising, then, is Parker's outrage over what she considers unfair criticism of Chief Justice Roberts. Though a learned man, he is not a holy prophet but human, and susceptible to being wrong. Early in his term, President Obama may have imprudently criticized the Roberts court publicly for its Citizens United ruling, but he was right, as proven by the subsequent unleashing of money and power so lavishly poured into political campaigns this season.

He has the right and duty to comment about a possible striking down by the Roberts court of a key facet of a principal accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act. The public's response to statements by the president and public officials such as Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy is usually vividly apparent, and while Parker takes umbrage that they express their opinions, they could hardly conduct the business of their constituents if they kept silent.

Justices deliberate; their decisions are public. To disagree and say so does not constitute a plot or "politics at its filthiest." Diluting ACA would negatively impact too many citizens. To the Supremes: Desist. — Gail Beason, Talent

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