October 01, 2019
To the Editor:
In a recent letter Rick Holman of Minocqua makes some interesting predictions. First, he states that whoever wins the Democratic Party presidential nomination will have, “no chance of actually winning an actual race.” He continues, “The 2020 election is already over. Irrelevant of what the MSM (main stream media) says, just get real.”
For some reason Mr. Holman’s stance brings to mind lines from the 18th century poem by Thomas Grey:
“To each his suff’rings: all are men,
Condemn’d alike to groan,
The tender for another’s pain;
Th’ unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
‘Tis folly to be wise (italics added).
I will make no snide remarks about Republicans similar to the ones he made about Democrats in his letter. Rather, I suggest other Times readers do what I have done: I photocopied his letter and tucked it away, where I will leave it until Nov. 4, 2020, the day after next year’s general election. Then contact Mr. Holman, either to congratulate him for his wisdom or to gleefully rub it in.