Letter: Much easier to dish it out

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Wow, talk about your thin skins. From all the articles I have read, Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has no problem criticizing and even publicly (on the Senate floor) haranguing fellow state senators, but, like a typical bully, he can dish it but he can't take it. He has asked for sanctions against other representatives for treating him the same way he has treated them. Typical Orwellian double-speak.

Now he has the gall to threaten legal action for someone questioning his dubious qualifications to a position that was handed to him without due hiring process in the worst kind of political cronyism there is (hire someone unqualified to run a government agency and show the agency doesn't work — Brownie and FEMA anyone). Even hard-core Republicans had to wince at his hiring.

To follow his logic that a private citizen can't be criticized over their job qualifications would open a floodgate of litigation. If I don't leave a tip for poor service can a waitress sue me for defamation? What if a customer complains to a manager about an employee, does that qualify as slander and am I now guilty of libel just for writing this letter?

I thought the conservatives were against frivolous lawsuits, oh yeah, unless it's their frivolous lawsuits.

Alan B. Kerr

Vancouver