Letters to the Editor

Nicholas Kristof’s columns show importance of ideological diversity

Kudos, bouquets and thanks to Nicholas Kristof for his recent column, “The liberal blind spot.”

In this era of hyper-partisanship, it’s rare for those on the left or the right to acknowledge, even for a moment, that they might not have all the answers.

Charles Krauthammer does this effectively from the right. (See his commentaries on Donald Trump.)

Kristof proved his credibility in this regard a few years ago when he reviewed the findings of a nonpartisan study that found those toward the right of the political spectrum give far more time, money and goods to those in need than those on the left.

This time, he calls out campus progressivism for turning a blind eye toward ideological diversity, decrying the prevalent college attitude of, “I disapprove of what you say, so shut up.”

Our national discourse on public policy matters would be better served if more columnists were like Kristof and Krauthammer.

Robert Olson, Arroyo Grande

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