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Balance is supposed to go both ways

To the editor:

This letter is in response Mr. Youngman’s letter posted Feb. 26 in The Sentinel.

Mr. Youngman do you understand the meaning of “opinion” and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution? If I may suggest, take a double shot of Prevagen and have your glasses and hearing checked.

If you are looking for balance let me remind you of just a couple of examples of imbalance.

Please read the recent decent by Supreme Court Justice Thomas on the Pennsylvania Election case. Oh, I’m sorry the court’s decision was not in Republicans’ favor so it doesn’t matter? My bad. The split Supreme Court did not want to hear the Pennsylvania case because the election is over. That does not mean there was no valid reason for the case. Some of the justices said it was a perfect time to resolve the election issues. In part, Justice Thomas stated “An election system lacks clear rules when, as here, different officials dispute who has authority to set or change those rules. This kind of dispute brews confusion because voters may not know which rules to follow. Even worse, with more than one system of rules in place, competing candidates might each declare victory under different sets of rules.

“We are fortunate that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to change the receipt deadline for mail-in ballots does not appear to have changed the outcome in any federal election. This court ordered the county boards to segregate ballots received later than the deadline set by the legislature. Order in Republican Party of Pa. v. Boockvar, No. 20A84. And none of the parties contend that those ballots made an outcome-determinative difference in any relevant federal election. But we may not be so lucky in the future.”

This argument is far from over and will resurface in 22 months in the midterm elections.

Republicans remember last summer when cities across this entire county were burning, being looted, had murder in the streets and the current vice president was offering to bail out rioters from jail so they could continue their Democratic agenda (mainly burning, looting and spreading fear), when the Democrats and BLM chant was to defund the police.

Where is the balance you ask? All you have to say about political violence is Jan. 6? No one with common sense approves of Jan. 6 or the burning of America last summer. Thinking people are fed up with one-sided Democratic mantras. The new buzz word is “cancel culture.” Where did that come from? It came from Democrats’ insistence that only what they believe is valid and everyone else is canceled. There are two sides to every story. You and Democrats cannot cancel what anyone believes in or what they want to say.

Schools across the county are teaching the concept of cancel culture principles to our children. Unbelievable! In America the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees each individual and medium (not just Democrats) to their own opinion. I respect your right to speak your mind. Please extend me, The Sentinel and anyone the same right.

If you can’t stand the heat in the Democratic kitchen here, go to Portland where they only speak Democrat dogma, where you can change your gender like your clothes. You only have to hear what you like and everything will soon be free and school loans forgiven. Or read other papers as comments submitted behind your Sentinel letter suggest. Ahh, there’s the “balance.” Expand your horizons and your reading. I hope that makes you feel better. You can find your own balance. Isn’t that easy and satisfying?

It may appear to to you that there is a perfect Democratic celestial alignment of the president, Congress and the Supreme Court and this will lead to a more perfect union. Nothing could be further from the truth! Without balance of power our republic will implode. Checks and “balance” are imperative to our survival as a free nation. Your idea of balance has a one-sided scale and mine has two.

Michael C. Spahr

Lewistown

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