|A Poor Reflection|
I’m not sure of the purpose in publishing a reactionary ideological screed masquerading as a letter to the editor in the July/August BAM (Mail Room, “Politics and Perez”). The letter was allegedly a response to the May/June cover story on a member of my class, Thomas Perez ’83, who was just confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of Labor. We can agree to disagree on political issues, but publishing an ad hominem, hyperpartisan attack on Secretary Perez reflects poorly not only on the screed’s author, John R. Hooten ’51, but on Norman Boucher, the editor and publisher of the BAM.
The Hooten letter begins with the unsupported claim that Secretary Perez has no appreciation for economics. The letter ends with an ultraconservative laundry list of the usual right-wing stuff from talk radio—Detroit finances, Chicago guns, Washington, D.C., public schools—things having no relation whatsoever either to the Stephanie Grace ’87 cover story on Perez or to his official duties at the labor department.
Emmitt Carlton ’83