As an avid follower of the Sentinel’s Opinion page, I value the discussions fostered therein. Today I take issue with Brad Goodwin’s letter dismissing that “the whole ‘Trump is a racist’ thing is baseless and nothing more than Democrat identity politics.” I noticed that Brad, like myself, is a frequent contributor to Sentinel’s letters to the editor. In fact, in a May 1, 2017 letter in defense of right-wing free speech at UC Berkeley Mr. Goodwin cited the famous Voltaire quote, “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it.” So, I feel justified in offering up another Voltaire quote for thought (care of Rep. Jackie Speier): “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

— Jeffrey Aldrich, Santa Cruz

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