Reader responds with Roosevelt’s words

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dear Editor:

In response to Mr. Peca’s letter, “Trump only cares about re-election”

The initial thought, of the reader, was of the many ways and words to use in answering the letter that seemed devoid of much truth and accuracy, but substantial in hate and blame.

One method of response could have been that of addressing the letter point-bypoint, disputing claims, and correcting untruths. However, it is believed that doing so would have been a waste of time.

What seems more appropriate, and convincing, is a suitable quote by Theodore Roosevelt.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” What do you think?

Gary G. Barton