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“Twilight Zone” warning for conservatives leaving California

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To the editor: A letter writer’s angry tirade about people moving away from California reminds me of an episode of The Twilight Zone called The Mind and the Matter.

On the show, the main character was fed up with humanity and overpopulation, and with no self-awareness, he wished everyone could be like him. Long story short, he got what he wanted and he was unhappy.

It seems to me that those who flee to an environment that is perceived as “pleasant” are inherently dissatisfied and will not be satisfied no matter where they end up.

The letter writer also explains that conservatives “want to befriend the locals, who often think like them,” while liberals “crave attention by being condescending, obnoxious, and showing how superior they are to the locals.” And how does he know that?

Jacqueline West, Inglewood

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About the editor: Not that I’m opposed to printing letters expressing opposing viewpoints, but I was surprised by one that was nothing more than an ad hominem attack on liberals.

Surely you must have had more compelling letters from conservatives setting out the positive value of their arguments than the one in which the author describes conservatives as “just trying to make friends” while “liberals demand attention by being condescending and obnoxious, and by showing how superior they are to the locals.”

For a moment I thought I was reading a post on Facebook or Twitter where people can say almost anything they want without worrying if it’s based on the truth. I thought the Times had higher editorial standards.

Robert Rosen, Granada Hills

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/story/2022-03-13/twilight-zone-warning-for-conservatives-leaving-california “Twilight Zone” warning for conservatives leaving California

Caroline Bleakley

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