Writer wrong to consider Layton a “hero”

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Dear Editor:

Re: George Jason’s Letter to the Editor, Aug. 31 Ponoka News

The strongest exception is taken to the flagrant misuse of the words “hero” in the headline and “heroes” in the last paragraph of this letter. True heroes were certain members of the military, police, firefighters, the civilian population or others  who performed acts of heroism. It is felt that, to further one’s political agenda, such word usage in this context is reprehensible.

It is not intended to detract from Jack Layton’s accomplishments but was he a hero by definition? Sorry, but no.

For his future writings, it is suggested Mr. Jason use words with meanings he understands or he invest in, and/or refers to, a good dictionary.

W.G. (Walt) Burchnall

Editor’s Note: The Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English defines hero as “a person distinguished by courage or outstanding achievements.” GAB

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