letter appeared in The
Berkshire Eagle in response to Alan Chartock's column
Publius" published February 12, 2000. It is reproduced here without
You win Alan, now please stop
To the Editor of THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE:-
All Hail Alan Chartock. I have finally accepted
him as my personal touchstone for opinions in all matters, great and small.
I admit, I resisted feeling this way. When I came to the Berkshires
in 1997, I was frankly puzzled by the Chartock presence. I could
not understand why the multiple views of one man should be set forth daily
and weekly in print, radio and TV. But his constant presence in all
media has worn me out. I give up, Alan. You are right about
I accept your Good (any Democrat), Bad (any Republican) and Ugly (anyone
at any time that has or will say anything critical of Bill Clinton) theory
I really do believe that, based on your trip to Austria and an encounter
with a hostile, elderly woman in the woods, you successfully predicted
the takeover of Austria by Nazis.
I can parrot, without questioning them, your views on horse racing,
gambling, and the fascist police department in Great Barrington.
I have incorporated your views on fast-food, exercise, racism, sexism,
and police violence into my own mental framework.
And I have finally come to accept that George Pataki is second only
to Ken Starr as the personification of evil!
And now that I have surrendered all my own views, can you stop?
R. M. BEAUCHESNE
Dalton, March 4, 2000
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