Letters to the editor from beyond the edge.

I see there’s yet another letter to the editor today in the Argus Leader attacking John Thune and Republicans:

History will not look kindly on this era of American politics, especially the extremist, misogynist, racist, classist wing driving the GOP. Senator Thune’s picture will be there, with Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Mitch McConnell and President Trump for our children and grandchildren to see.

Read that here.

Since many of these seem to be coming as part of an organized campaign, out of curiosity I tried to google this person, who is obviously active politically in South Dakota to write a letter of this nature.

But… curiously, there’s no record of this person on Google.  I went and tried to look up this “Ted Hollelkus” on Facebook. Nothing there, either.  I even went to the voter database. And no one with that last name in the entire system.

So, someone deeply concerned with South Dakota politics. Who isn’t registered to vote.

In addition to making up facts, it looks like someone has taken to making up names as well.

It must have been a letter to the editor from beyond the edge. Of course, with it’s anti-Republican biases, the Argus Leader was more than happy to feature it.

12 Replies to “Letters to the editor from beyond the edge.”

  1. Michael Wyland

    Whenever I’ve had a letter published by the Argus Leader, I have been required to provide my name, address, telephone number, and age. The Argus called me to verify that I had indeed sent the letter and intended it for publication. Wonder what happened at the Argus this time?

    1. Pat Powers Post author

      They may have called a phone number. Doesn’t mean that it was that pseudonym’s phone.

  2. Troy Jones

    I put my name to my statement. I deny it categorically. Senators Thune and Rounds and Representative Noem put South Dakota first when appropriate and America when appropriate. Collectively and individually, I couldn’t be prouder.

  3. Emoluments Clause

    Desperate rule number one is, that if you cannot handle the message, then try to attack the messenger at least….

    1. Anne Beal

      I can’t read the letter because I’ve used up all my free access at the Argus, but from what is quoted here, the LTE is just an ad hominem attack, meaning the writer has nothing to say