As usual, I found some things to agree with in Lee Roy Lollar’s November 5 letter to The Dispatch, particularly with regard to how the city of Columbus handles its resources and expenditures. But what stuck with me most was the part at the end where Lollar dredged up the tedious “love it or leave it” argument to criticize columnist Slim Smith. I will be blunt: That’s a stupid and senseless argument that subverts the idea of spirited debate, one of the key pillars on which this great nation — which I know Lollar loves, too — was founded. When we criticize it’s because we care about the place where we live, not because we hate it. Why do Lollar and others reflexively think the opposite? It’s beyond me.
What’s worse is that Lollar tossed this jab at Smith into a letter in which he had just slammed the City Council for doing such a bad job. Does Lollar really not see the double standard here? I don’t know. Lollar raises his criticisms of our city stewards in hopes that they will be more careful in deciding how to allocate our tax dollars — an argument he makes out of a desire to have a better city — as he sees it. I have no idea how someone could view a Slimantics column as anything but the same.
The irony in Lollar’s hypocrisy is so rich that it would almost be funny were it not a grave threat to our democracy. If you really can’t tolerate those whose views differ significantly from yours, a key reason our nation was founded in the first place, then you need to start your own country — not forcibly take over this one in an effort to silence them.
Paul Mack, Columbus