In defense of Sam Patten, I saw nothing political in his column. A recent reader disagrees. Poke would have been a better word. But to assume that the “poker” is a Republican, or “fascist” as our President advises us to use is absurd.

Many Democrats blame Comey for Hillary Clinton’s loss because he revealed damaging emails that were incidentally found by the FBI on the laptop of a high Clinton staffer only two weeks before the election. The laptop was being used by her congressman husband Anthony Weiner for sextexting with a 15-y.o. girl which the FBI was investigating.

The writer wants to stop the spread of authoritarianism by excluding them from civil discourse. To my knowledge 90% of the press, media and academia is already stopping the spread and that is a real threat.
Col. (Ret) Ted Raia,