The Letter of the Week from R. Steele Selby of Frostburg, “Let’s have them get together,” was selected by the Times-News editorial board as the best letter of those that appeared during the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1. It was published Jan. 30.

Note: Selection of the letter of the week is based on writing competence and the ability of the writer to get his or her point across. It is not based on whether the editorial board agrees with the writer.

Selby and our other Letter of the Week writers receive canvas tote bags embossed with the Letter of the Week logo. Here is an edited-for-length version of his letter:


Three recent editorial page contributions have captured my attention.

The initial composition to appear was written by Ellen McDaniel-Weissler and expressed strong negativity towards President Trump’s recent action towards Iran. (See: “Many of them will surely die,”) Jan. 12 Times-News.)

This soon came to be followed by letters from Gary Clites (See: “This isn’t a healthy attitude for someone to take,” Jan. 16) and Terry Copeland (See: “No, America is not on the brink of war with Iran, Jan. 17), who both were quite virulent in defense of the president’s behavior.

Although I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting any of these individuals, I’m certain they are honorable people. How do I know? Well, during my seven decades of living I’ve had the joy of encountering a slew of humankind, and haven’t located a dishonorable one yet.

After reading the articles, a thought emerged of how simply nice it would be to have the three persons get together for a face-to-face meeting.

My experience has been that, while likely not resolving all varying viewpoints, the participants will leave as friends with greater understanding of each other.

Hopefully I would be invited to join the gathering. If so, as usual, there would be some questions I’d like to ask. 

At our proposed confab, no doubt Ellen, Gary and Terry would also have questions! I must be careful because I’ve a nasty habit of asking questions until “Kingdom Come”!

Being born and raised Republican I especially wonder how the Pub icons of Eisenhower, Nixon, Goldwater and Reagan would view President Trump?

At any rate, it certainly would be nice if a chat could be arranged. I have friends and family all over the political map.

Despite the best advice of my ancestors to never, ever talk about religion or politics, I find these topics are those I most enjoy discussing.  

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