Paul Dunn’s Feb. 10 “Day of Infamy” column left me very sad. I am saddened that he and The Pilot have followed the leftist media path of grossly exaggerating what you do not like and stating the exaggeration as if it were the Gospel.

To compare the recent Capitol riot to Dec. 7, 1941 is grossly in excess of even a remotely reasonable comparison and does a huge disservice to the history of World War II, not to mention the many thousands of demonstrators who never entered the Capitol.

Here is the definition of “insurrection” from the Cambridge English Dictionary, which you are obviously unfamiliar with. “An organized attempt by a group of people to defeat their government and take control of their country, usually by violence.”

I realize that “insurrection” is a sexier word than riot, but it is inaccurate, misleading and dishonest to use it in this case.

Paul Rotondo

Pinehurst

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(7) comments

Mark Hayes

What these whining, whimpering, and wailing, Democrats do not understand, if you continue to agitate, use condescending language to describe them, and those they support politically, bad things will happen. I expect it will only escalate under this administration, as it is bent on revenge. Trump is out of office, yet he remains one of the most feared politicians by Democrats I have yet to experience. Those were not youngsters in Washington, they were working class Americans, they are not going to go away.

Roger Davis

Disagree, Democrats are not afraid of Trump, his supporters in congress are afraid of him. Democrats are afraid of Trump supporters buying up all the guns and ammo.

Sally Larson

“An organized attempt by a group of people to defeat their government and take control of their country, usually by violence.”

That's exactly what happened.

Kathryn Giquinto

Sally, if it was that easy to overtake a government we would have worldwide government takedowns on a weekly basis. It was terribly wrong, and reckless, but it was a riot by a lot of angry people who believe they are being short changed by their government. As far as blame is concerned…both sides are.

Sally Larson

Then do you agree the same goes for the BLM protests?

Kathryn Giquinto

Yes I do. That is why I said both sides are to blame. Nobody is acting correctly when it comes to riots, and nobody deserves to have their property destroyed. That is no way to win your position no matter how justified you think you it is.

Sally Larson

Kathryn, it's good to hear from a reasonable person. Thanks,

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