Limbaugh promotes an extreme point of view
To the editor:
I would like to express my disappointment in The Herald-Mail's running of the David Limbaugh column several times a week.
I feel a newspaper should present the facts in a nonpartisan manner, then help illuminate contentious issues by presenting various viewpoints. Ideally, this allows both sides to come to some kind of understanding, if not agreement, but it requires a willingness to talk across the divide with at least a modicum of civility and respect for other viewpoints.
For example, I don't usually agree with Kathleen Parker, but I read her because I can't always predict what she will say on any particular issue. These qualities are sorely lacking in Limbaugh's columns. He promotes an extreme point of view with overheated rhetoric, demonizes his opponents, distorts the facts and, in general, lowers the tone of the debate.
Unlike a blog or cable news show, which is intended to preach to the converted and to whip up their fervor, a newspaper traditionally attempted to foster informed discussion of issues and to produce more light than heat.