Columnist must acknowledge protests


In your Jan. 26 editorial (Balentine, “For good reason, today’s protests lack soundtrack”) you said, “Despite the loudness and persistence of today’s protestors, today’s issues simply don’t have the same gravitas. They seem conjured by coddled young people, utopian idealists and political professionals.”

The protests of January 20 in every major US city were the largest one-day demonstration in US history. People turned out by the hundreds of thousands, and they did not come solely from the three groups you mentioned, rather, they were a cross-section of Americans from all walks of life. When the citizenry takes to the streets in such massive numbers, it must be acknowledged.

But according to you, if there isn’t a theme song, it doesn’t mean a thing. Really? If there isn’t a pop song to go with it, such a turnout can’t be taken seriously? I’ve a song for you: “Ballad of a Thin Man” by Bob Dylan. “Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”

Peter Silbert