The received value of a letter to the editor sometimes depends on the perceived value of the sender.
That said, here’s what Mary Pat Bierle of Yankton wrote recently to the Yankton Press and Dakotan newspaper.
“As a lifelong Republican, may I respectfully make the following observations to Sen. Thune, Sen. Rounds and Rep. Noem:
“1. You cannot call yourself a Republican if you support any tax proposal that adds $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit. Such support would violate the most fundamental principle traditionally held by the Republican Party.
“2. Any tax proposal that presumes the success of supply-side economics is a hoax. We tried that in the 1980s. It didn’t work. A clichéd definition of stupidity is to repeat the same behavior, expecting different results.
“3. No tax proposal can claim to be reform unless and until it treats and taxes all income — wages and capital gains — at the same tax rate.
“The 400-page Brady proposal does not do that. Therefore, the Brady proposal is not tax reform. Please do not sacrifice the fiscal future of our children and grandchildren on the short-term altar of partisan gain.
“You are Americans and South Dakotans first — then Republicans.”
As a postscript, her father was a member of the Legislature. Don Bierle, R-Yankton, served four years in the state Senate from 1971 through 1974. He passed in 2001 at age 75.