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Letters to the editor, January 30

Imagining things

I would like to thank Mary Ardis [DRC, Jan. 17] for her creative, imaginative response to my letter of Jan. 1, where I tried to assert that it is illogical to hold inanimate objects responsible for the evil committed with them. It should be noted that I made no mention of Newtown, or any specific tragedy. In fact, much of that letter was written after the Aurora killings, months before Newtown.

The nature and extent of my grief and compassion for innocent victims is not dependent on a body count or the manner of their victimization, or your opinion.

Were the 12 murders in Aurora somehow inadequate or undeserving of presidential action?

As long as we’re imagining things, let’s imagine that the president had taken action after Aurora. Would the dead of Newtown live today?

I don’t know and neither do you, but if I were to assert they would be alive I would be guilty of the same sort of fallacy that you indulge yourself with, but since you introduced imaginary scenarios and logical fallacies to the discourse let us imagine they would all be alive today if the president had only done something.

To answer the question with which you close your exercise in argumentum ad absurdum, I think someone would have to believe that valid, logical conclusions canbe derived from absurd, imaginary premises to support that, but I am not a liberal Democrat.

James Caldwell,