The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Letters to the Editor

February 15, 2013

Opinion doesn’t trump fact

DANVILLE — I have mentioned numerous times in debates with my neighbors around the Vermilion County area to look at facts and not just listen to unqualified people speak on these matters on radio or TV, especially conservative talk radio with Rush Limbaugh — who is not degreed in anything from an accredited school — Sean Hannity, or Bill O’Reilly.

.Fox News was wrong on every prognostication that it made during the last election.

They continue to give false info to people all across this country. WDAN Radio broadcasts this drivel daily, and I hear people all across this country responding to this empty rhetoric.

An opinion does not trump facts!

Please do not get your information from these people.

Here is a short reading on what is actually happening. This information was provided by a Len Charlap of Princeton, N.J.:

“I maintain that the divide in the country is not between ‘left’ and ‘right,’ but between realists who look to and acknowledge the data — the facts — and those ideologues who have the ability to hold beliefs that are not supported by facts or, indeed, in contradiction to the facts.

“(The latter are) People who deny that the rest of the industrialized world gets better health care results at 40 percent of the cost per person by minimizing the use of private insurance and running their program through the government; people who deny the failure of low taxes on the rich in the 1920s and the 2000s, which led to great economic inequality which in turn led to vast amount of financial speculation and then to disaster; and people who deny the success of high taxes on the rich in the 1946-1973 period and try to say that devastation in Europe was responsible.

“How did that cause CEOs to decide to pay their workers better and to take much less for themselves?

“(The latter are) People who claim our corporations pay higher taxes than the rest of the world in spite of figures that show our ratio of corporate taxes actually paid to GDP is the lowest among developed nations; people who claim that the U.S. is the land of equality and opportunity when our equality — no matter how you measure it — and mobility is at the bottom; people who say the more guns we have the safer we are when the number of gun deaths per 100,000 in the U.S. is way above that of other wealthy developed countries.

“This is the great divide — facts versus faith.”

Nate Cunningham Sr. resides in Danville.

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