For those of you under 30 and concerned about jobs and the economy, in 1998 and 1999 the country was spiraling down into recession. Who do you think was [sic] president and first lady?There was no recession in 1998 or 1999. In fact—you know, real fact, not ideological hallucination—the 1990s were the longest period of growth in U.S. history. The nearest recession was in 2001, George W. Bush's first year in office—a point of fact that would be quite inconvenient to what one assumes is Robinson's "logic."
It would be a simple thing for the News & Record to check the claims of empirical facts asserted in the letters it receives and, when they are wrong, to reject the letters on that basis. Like this:
Dear Mr. Robinson, there was no recession in 1998 or 1999. You are welcome to correct the error and resubmit your letter.Otherwise, what is the letters page but a comfy home for every crackpot with a mistaken understanding of the world? Isn't that what the Internet is for?