Letter writer likes note on conservative principles, hopes for another

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

I wanted to compliment Jean Flanagan on her Sept. 12 letter to the editor outlining conservative principles.

I believe because she was so effective, some people had to point out that the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is not in the Constitution but rather in the Declaration of Independence. Michael Broughton wrote, “Such errors leave thoughtful readers wondering as to the validity of the entirety of the writing.”

Because it was attributed to the Constitution instead of the Declaration, does life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness suddenly morph into death, tyranny and perpetual unhappiness? Thoughtful readers would not come to that conclusion.

Another writer, Ed Olsen, seems to go to great lengths to sound very intellectual. He then speculates that Ms. Flanagan’s mistake is due to Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh or Republican revisionist history. What?? Logically, how does a person come to a conclusion like that?

It’s doubtful either one of the writers actually believes something so lacking in logic and reason. When they write things that absurd, however, they’re assuming others are idiotic enough to believe it. Thankfully most people will see right through this. I hope we see more letters from Jean Flanagan. Thank you.

Bob Mahacek
Concord