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Letter: 'Screed' about Bernie Sanders distracting

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Rochester, Minn. Credit: AP

Columnist Froma Harrop's screed ridiculing Bernie Sanders was little more than a mean-spirited hatchet job ["Sanders, a master of stagecraft," Opinion, July 13]. Let's see: He was countercultural 40 years ago, he moved out of New York City to a largely white state, he didn't teach in an inner-city school, and he was lousy at growing vegetables. Hey, maybe that's why 11,000 people showed up at a rally for him. They can identify.

Harrop complains that Sanders' story as he tells it is incomplete. Rather, her account is incomplete. She concentrates on a bucket of red herrings and ascribes motives that aren't there. By contrast, she'll take former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's word that he's gotten things done, though parts of Baltimore may disagree.

However one responds to Sanders' message of our growing, unsustainable economic inequality, we at least deserve to hear more about his views and not have them obscured.

Tom Casey, West Sayville