LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Professor views Rinearson piece as ‘personal attacks’

Bob Rinearson’s column (11/14/17) about getting rid of statues and monuments of Confederate soldiers and so on is a masterpiece of knowing just a little bit to be dangerous. There are at least three logical fallacies in the piece. He calls those who disagree with him “anarchists.” That claim simply begs the question. He offers no evidence that his opponents are anarchists. It is an ad hominem attack. He claims that those who disagree with him are “victims” of a failed educational system. No evidence again. The fallacy is called poisoning the well. He tells the reader to… “leave your liberal professor at home.” Again, an ad hominem. Are we supposed to believe that every “conservative” professor agrees with him? Again, no evidence . . . just a personal attack lacking any evidence. The fact that Gen. Eisenhower decided to display a figure of Gen. Lee is not the least bit relevant to the issue of displaying such statues on government property.

What is most telling in the column is that he misspells the word “secession.” He spells it “succession.” Perhaps a liberal professor might have caught that mistake. Of course, Rinearson faulted education a long time ago because Sartre and Camus were being read on college campuses. Interestingly enough, both of them won the Nobel Prize for literature!!!

— Bill Bruening