Letters to the Editor

Liberal and proud of it

Usually when I see a letter to the editor from Roger Hancock, I just move on

and don’t waste my time reading it. However, his letter of June 19 (“Democrats twist elections in their favor”) was so vile and offensive that I must comment.

I am proud to be a Democrat. I do not have to insult or attack the dignity

of anyone to make a point.

Democrat is not a dirty word; liberal is not a dirty word. In the words of

Webster’s Dictionary, a Democrat is “one who practices social equality.” A

liberal is favorable to progress or reform. The word liberal pertains to

representational forms of government rather than monarchies or

aristocracies. A liberal lives in accord with concepts of maximum individual

freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by

governmental protection of civil liberties. A liberal strives to be free

from prejudice or bigotry. To be liberal usually means to be tolerant and


I am proud to be a Democrat. I am proud to be a liberal. I am proud of

Democratic accomplishments. It goes without saying, I am proud to be an


Peg Altman

Federal Way

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