After reading the front page editorial “Crossing The Line” (Press & Dakotan, Aug. 2), I honestly was dumbfounded. If you don’t like Commissioner Swenson, fine, say so and give your opinion, and please back up your findings with facts.
The cartoon that was posted has been around for some time. Why did you not go after the author with the same vigor? Accusing Swensen of inciting violence is contradictory, as he himself is an elected official (yes, he was unopposed). Referencing Kennedy and Rep. Ryan is irresponsible. Connecting these tragedies to the cartoon — untasteful or not — is a poor way to make Swensen out to be a bad guy using your platform. You have cheapened the true deaths of these men.
When you call out Swensen’s use of Stalin, Mussolini or Hitler, have you called out others for the same type of references? Or is this a convenient tool for a political hit job against someone you do not like?
When it is brought up a mass shooting in California, it is worded that Swensen used an online “suggestion.” Please research the shooter and his motives. If you go with a disturbed individual, perhaps that is the starting point, not Swensen sending subliminal messages.
As far as Swensen’s pay, you asked why he should act this way. When Swensen is on his own time, last I knew, this was America, where a citizen has freedoms (including the First Amendment).
When you bring up State Attorney Klimisch or Chairman Dan Klimisch, what exactly are they to do? What violation are they to officially respond to?
I have read many cartoons and read many articles of true wrongdoing and terroristic threats and warnings, as have the majority of our citizens, without getting our feelings hurt or feeling an urge to act on some “suggestion.”
Again, if you do not like Swensen, just say so; do not hide behind a cartoon you are hypersensitive about. Swensen has a First Amendment right, as do you. Please use yours responsibly.