Letter: Letter writers: Check your facts
Once again I will urge Mr. R.W. Boyle to check his facts before sending letters to the editor. Everyone can agree that the newly elected Congress does not represent the demographics of the country; however, this is no different from past years when Democrats won both houses of Congress.
The problem is that many of Mr. Boyle’s statements are misleading and false. The fact is this newly Republican-controlled Congress is the most diverse in the history of the United States. The newly elected 114th Congress will have more women and minorities than ever before; in this new Congress there will be 96 racial minorities and a record-breaking 104 women, these numbers according to the Washington Post. Of these newly elected officials, the Republicans elected Mia Love of Utah. She will become the first black Republican woman in Congress and the first Haitian-American member from either party. The Republicans also elected Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa; she will be the first woman in Congress from the Hawkeye State, Republican or Democrat. Also, New York Republican Elise Stefanik, 30, will be the youngest woman in Congress. Yes, the Republicans are behind when it comes to electing a more diverse make-up of representative, but to portray the Republicans’ all-white old Christian men is misleading at best.
Also, Mr. Boyle seems very concerned about the fact that 92 percent of congressional members identify themselves as Christian. Well, Mr. Boyle can rest easy, because according to the Pew Research Center, “a growing share of the American population want religion to play a role in politics.” Also according to Pew, “the idea that America is increasingly secularized is exaggerated.” People might go less to church than in the past, but it’s not a significant drop. Church attendance is pretty high relative to what it was about 200 years ago, which I am sure just irritates the heck out of Mr. Boyle.
In closing, I would urge all writers to try and keep the facts straight, don’t try and lead readers to a conclusion, give them the facts and let them decide for themselves.
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