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Responses to the Voice's coverage of Ronald Reagan's death

 Tom Carson's "Death of a Salesman: 1911-2004" [June 9-15] received a tremendous amount of mail. A selection of the more interesting letters follows.

No Rights for the Left

You state that Ronald Reagan demolished the American left. Who are you then, the last liberal standing? I usually can read most of the manure you guys publish, but for this, I can't muster the strength. What whining and moaning, not to mention poisonous trash, this article contains. What really kills me about liberals like you is that if you were living under someone like Fidel Castro you would be in jail or worse for your comments. However, in this country that you harbor such contempt for, you are free to preach your hateful rhetoric.

Reagan used to be a Democrat, but fortunately, he saw the failing of a party that taxes relentlessly to form a society that is overly dependent on welfare programs. Obviously, one of the greatest characteristics of America is that you are free to speak your opinions. I'm just not so sure that I'd do everything in my power to defend your right to do so.

Elmhurst, Queens

Here on Planet Earth

I would like to thank Tom Carson for his article. I feel like I've been living in some sort of alternate universe for the past four days. It is sad that our nation's journalists are so bored with the truth and horrors of the Iraq war that they have decided to join in the collective deification of a terrible president.

It was refreshing to finally hear an accurate description of what life under Reagan was like. Kudos to Carson for not being a reactionary seeking to demonize Reagan. That would have been misplaced. Instead he thoughtfully articulated what Reagan should be remembered for, his ability to sell.

Los Angeles, California

Venomous Voice

You pompous, idiotic, ignorant fools! How dare you print such a story with the family and nation grieving? Could you not even wait until he was buried?

This man is responsible for the end of the Cold War and the improvement of the economy. He may go down as one of the greatest presidents this great nation has ever had. Don't print any more of your poison. You have no right to call yourselves Americans.

Vista, California

Reagan's Record

The analysis on Reagan's passing misses the point. Not only was Reagan not responsible for the demise of the Soviets, but there is good reason to believe that he and others like him actually prolonged the Soviet Union. Communism imploded not because of Reagan but in spite of him.

The demise of the Soviet Union was due to people power. The people of the USSR were envious of the Western way of life. But not of the U.S. model, with its high levels of poverty and urban unrest, but rather the Western European model in nations such as Germany and the Netherlands that were able to provide Levi's jeans and Coca-Cola while also providing free dental services.

What Reagan did not understand was that by reducing taxes for the rich and funneling the remaining money toward defense, a high level of poverty became ingrained into the American social fabric. Once Western Europe demonstrated capitalism was possible without the grinding poverty of the U.S. model, the wall came down.In all likelihood Reagan and like-minded neocons from the military-industrial complex were responsible for extending the Soviet Union a good 20 years beyond its historical use-by date.

Brisbane, Australia

Ilk Man

I would imagine that you were in a state of near ecstasy when you penned that vile, hate-filled mock eulogy of Ronald Reagan. It is a page right out of the leftist handbook on why hatred is bad for everyone else, but good for liberals. Not only do you violate one of the basic principles of a civilized society, respect for the dead, but you fail to see the utter hypocrisy of your point of view. It is poetic justice that you and others of your ilk continue to expose their true hatefulness, and consequently drive more nails into the coffin of their own odious ideology. All the while, they continue to tell themselves, and more pitifully, to actually believe, that they are compassionate and progressive in their beliefs.

It should come as no surprise that Reagan's star in Hollywood is the most defiled by urine and vomit, since urine and vomit seem to be the best arguments that radical leftists are able to offer these days.

Park Slope


The fundamental conservative doctrine that "government is the problem," as espoused by Ronald Reagan, is neither conservative nor American for that matter. It expresses an attempt not to conserve but to destroy the founding principle that American government is an entity of, by, and for the people.

The truth hidden by the phrase "smaller government" is that Reaganomics never made the government smaller, but rather, it created larger tax cuts for the very rich and created a slush fund for the Defense Department, which hasn't been able to balance its books for years. The things that did shrink in the conservative mantra of "deregulation," however, were the laws designed to protect Americans from the crooks who sit on the boards of the world's largest corporations.

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