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Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

A teaching moment

Old habits are hard to break. Even though I retired from teaching English years ago, I still look for teaching moments and relevant examples of literary terms for the classroom. So it was with great enthusiasm that I read "Our house divided" by David Fitzsimmons (Views, Oct. 21). In his attempt to describe the Democrats as the enlightened, open-minded part of the equation, he misses the irony in his characterization of the conservatives as "ironically delusional," "infantile," "haters," and "merchants of ignorance with the hysterical memory of potheads." Somehow it escapes Fitzsimmons that if the liberals are indeed so "open-minded in an inclusive and practical manner," he would not be making such offensive and prejudiced statements about the conservatives. If irony is too complicated for Fitzsimmons to grasp, I will simplify it: This is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. Maria Yanez Tampa