The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 21, 2014

Scrupulously fair

On occasion, publisher Gary Grossman has praised certain writers whose columns have appeared on your op-ed page as the “best.” I would like to nominate two who are the most important and should be read by everybody. These two write about the most important issues and both are scrupulously fair in both their praise and mostly their criticism of all sides of the issues they write about.

Trudy Rubin writes about foreign affairs and mostly about the Middle East. In her more than 30 years as a columnist, she has built up a network of Middle Eastern sources from leaders down to ordinary people that is unrivaled. No person who has served in any U.S. administration in the last 30 years has a better understanding of the area than she does. She has been rightly critical of the actions of both the Bush and Obama administrations as well as the leaders of Israel and both branches of Islam. She offers sensible solutions to the problems of the region.

Robert Samuelson writes exclusively about economic issues. He is critical of both Democratic and Republican policies and blames both for the economic mess that we find the country in. He is a perceptive observer and student and like Rubin, offers sensible solutions to economic problems.

If I were president, I would want both of these individuals in my administration. 

Carl R. Catherman, Mifflinburg

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