“Dear Editor: Even a good, right-thinking, conservative paper like the MDJ needs to devote a certain number of column-inches to opposing (i.e. liberal) viewpoints. … And like it or not, most liberal positions have some validity to them.”
OK, so far, so good.
“There are, also, liberal columnists out there who, unlike Foley, routinely produce well-thought-out, perceptive, cogent, persuasive opinion pieces. If the MDJ got rid of Foley, it might replace him with one of these writers. And then where would we be?”
In response to a blog post citing data supporting the undeniable economic upturn since President Obama took office, a fact checker responded, “Stock market over 15,000! Corporate profits through the ceiling! Housing starts up! Jobs growth 30 months! Medicare and SS saved from GOP! Kevin, have you been smoking banana peels again?”
As the Donovan song goes, “They call me mellow yellow …”
Sometimes I wonder if conservatives actually read what I write. The answer came recently from one of my frequent critics: “Because kids are out of school and I was bored to death, I decided to actually read your column.”
At least I broke the monotony. You’re welcome.
“SO not credible,” says Papermill Gal. “Just because you write it and it gets in the newspaper ... nuh uh.”
Does that go for Ann Coulter, too?
Writing about the GOP’s collapsing Benghazi “scandal” a couple of weeks ago, a reader declared, “The whole thing makes Watergate seem like a kid who stole bubblegum. … And you, Kevin Foley, have no concept of the words service or sacrifice. You protect scum, you cover for it.”
Wait. I thought Fast and Furious was worse than Watergate.
“You should consider yourself extremely lucky to appear on the same pages with reputable writers …” notes a subscriber.
Thank you … I think.
“I don’t hate Kevin Foley,” writes a fan. “My only problem with his writings is that they make me feel like throwing up on my breakfast.”
May I suggest you digest my column after breakfast?
“Quite honestly, he seems a bit angry and unstable,” opines a citizen. Another comment calling my mental health into question came from a fellow MDJ blogger: “‘Boortz was a boring boor’ came across as a thinly disguised cry for attention. …”
Just kidding. As my hero, the very stable and sensible Harry Truman once said, “I don’t give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell!”
Speaking of which, I caught a lot of flak when I wrote that Obama was successfully prosecuting the war on terror.
“If you can find three facts to back this up,” a reader responded, “you might be able to make this claim …”
Just three? Osama bin Laden is dead. So is Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist leader in Yemen. Also pushing up daisies is Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, number two behind al Qaida’s current leader Ayman al Zawahiri.
From Misterbill: “I usually do not read your column anymore. I find it hard to understand why a person of letters and education can get so confused about the purpose of a republic.”
Maybe if you keep reading, Misterbill, you’ll discover I’m not so confused. Just sayin’.
“Let’s keep the people divided and at each other’s throats,” chimes in Guido Sarducci. “After all, it makes good fodder for no talent, clueless, hack writers and cut and paste journalists such as yourself.”
Words as hard as a fist, Guido!
Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.