Disputes ‘facts’ in column

I realize that guest columnists are expressing personal opinions, but they should not state opinions as facts. Jack Devine, in his column on Feb. 25, does that throughout it. I take issue with many of these statements. First of all, he calls the president’s victory a “narrow winning margin.”

I’m not sure where that comes from, as the numbers don’t support it. In 2000, George W. Bush garnered 47.87 percent of the popular vote to Al Gore’s 48.38 percent. In 2004, Bush won 50.37 percent to John Kerry’s 48.27 percent, basically a 2 point spread. In 2008, Barrack Obama won with 52.87 percent to John McCain’s 45.63 percent. In 2012, Obama won 50.6 percent to Mitt Romney’s 47.8 percent, a spread of 2.8. Based on recent history, that was not a narrow margin.

Devine also refers to a “cobbled-together coalition of voter factions.” That is the definition of a political party or movement. He then goes on to say that they distrust, envy or dislike the other factions. Looking at the results, I would say that applies more to the opposition party than to the Democratic Party.

Devine goes on to describe the election victory as a “miraculous gift.” I think it is beyond ridiculous to call a free and fair election win as a gift of any kind. In his final paragraph, he states that Americans want cooperation and collaboration among our elected leaders. May I suggest that message should be addressed to the majority in the House of Representatives and to Mitch McConnell, specifically.

There are facts and there are opinions, and we need to keep them separate.

Joan Sundt