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Vail Daily letter: Like a parody skit

The older I get the more life seems to be a Saturday Night Live parody skit. In Sunday’s Vail Daily, the Rev. Jack Van Ens wrote a column that mightily contributed to that illusion. Had he just written, “Personally, I don’t like Donald Trump,” he could have saved the reader slogging through another 800 words of ad hominem personal attacks. I’ll read his commentary another few times. Perhaps some commentary on policies or ideology may miraculously appear somehow. It seems beyond irony that one could write at such length while displaying the same type of behavior he’s condemning in Mr. Trump. As the classic saying goes, “You can’t make this stuff up”.

The one time when the good reverend does flirt with an issue, immigration, he draws some curious speculation about his own “casual racism” with his remarks that immigrants “perform grunt work beneath the dignity of most.” Conversely, Dr. Martin Luther King opined, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”

Isn’t the concept of “all work has dignity” a basic tenet of Christianity?

Tom Smith

Sarasota, Fla.

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