LETTERS: Parking lot note, Salem Witch trials 



Parking lot note

Editor,

This week I stopped into my local Home Depot to pick up a tool for my latest DIY project.

When I returned to the parking lot, I noticed a note tucked under my windshield wiper blade. It read, "All Democrats are BASTARDS!”

I can only assume that this “ad hominem” note was provoked by a small, rear window sticker featuring a ‘blue donkey" that reads, "Vote Blue.”

I realize that in this era of hyper-political polarization, members of whatever ideological tribe they may belong to, (and..."there are very nice people in each of them") have strong feelings about their ideology and might harbor disdain for those who don’t agree with them. But, when did we stop talking to each other? What happened to our first president’s "Rules of Civility"?

I wish I had been able to engage my attacker. I wish we had been able to discuss how we probably cared as much about this nation as the other did. I wish I could have told him/her, that I didn’t "not like them" for wearing a Red MAGA Hat or if they flew a Gadsden Rattlesnake Flag in front of their home...because some of my friends actually do...and equally important, because our Constitution gives us all the freedom to express what we believe in. That’s what America is all about, and not insignificantly, why I wore a uniform for 28 years to preserve those principles. Who knows, maybe we would have parted as new friends?

I am truly saddened that the author of the note on my windshield didn’t have the decency and courage to engage me personally and thus avoid provoking this letter.

Chris T. Poulos Sr., LTC US Army
(retired), Southington

Witching

Editor:

I read with interest Charles Apple’s "Witching Season" (“Further Review,” June 8, 2022). Salem’s trials have fascinated me since I was a little girl.

Apple’s article was a good write-up until the very last paragraph, where he elusively credits "scientists" for tying ergot to the witch trials.

Mr. Apple is oh so wrong. It was Linnda Caporael who first discovered ergot was the devil in Salem and elsewhere.

While Mr. Apple’s source list is impressive, it is lacking in the excellent PBS Home Video "Secrets of the Dead" episode entitled "Witches Curse,” in which Linnda Caporael describes the tracks she followed back in the 1970s to come to her ergot poisoning hypothesis and the steps she then took to prove it (the point at which science enters in).

It’s important to give credit where credit is due, and this time the credit goes to Linnda Caporael.

Lynne Marie DeBishop, Southington

P.S. Yes, Linnda is spelled with two n’s.



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