I'm answering Joe Rariden's question: Why do Democrats hate Sarah Palin so much? (Letter, Dec. 31)
It's easy to answer, Joe. She's scary, mean, apparently dislikes wolves (sure, hunt 'em from planes - why not?!) and polar bears, and she is the living, breathing incarnation of what the Republicans have given this country over the last two presidential terms. They have fostered and nurtured feelings of fear, hatred, paranoia and ignorance. Sarah Palin stands for all of those things, Joe, and she, I'm sure, joins other Republicans in wishing the current president all the bad will they can muster.
I'm for the recovery, security and well-being of our country. Can we trust Sarah Palin (and the Republican Party) to feel the same?
How can we not dislike a person who won't say what magazines she reads, who throws her pregnant, unmarried daughter at us like a challenge, and whose shrill call to arms is unproductive, at best, and harmful, at the worst?
And, Joe - yes, she could make more of a mess than we are in now, just by continuing the policies the last Republican president has brought upon us.
Rebecca Stillwell, Albany