Names are important

I was confused by Anna Cannon’s Aug. 21 letter, “It’s the Republicans’ Turn.” In it she states that the “Democrat Party” did or said something. What confuses me is that unless you are speaking of Denmark or maybe Germany, I don't know of a "Democrat" party in the U.S. I do know of a Democratic Party, of which I am a member.

To purposely distort the party name is an attempt, well documented, by Republicans to disassociate the party name with democracy, a looney idea in the first place. In addition it is most disrespectful to purposely misstate a name either of a person or an organization.

In the past I have have always referred to the Republican Party, although I have no affection for that party. I suppose in the future that I should follow your lead and start referring to the party as "the Repugnican" party or how about the "the Repubs" or maybe the "American Corporation Party" or the "un-indicted War Criminal Party " or "the 1850's Were Great Party,” or maybe the "Return to Antibellum America Party.”

You pick, and I'll try to use the new name every time.

— Michael Beech

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