PELL CITY -- Right off the bat, I am really surprised to see your assistant editor, Lew Gilliland, write an article that appeared on your Opinion page on Oct. 16, 2016, yet carries a headline as though it is a “News” item. It seems to be his personal opinion about his political views and, in fact, is not factual. The number  of inaccuracies shock me, coming from someone in the news business and, therefore, exposed to “fair and balanced” news every day.

He says that “over the last week, Democrats have gone on the war path over a 2005 tape in which GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was caught making disparaging remarks about women.” In fact, Trump’s remarks described actions he had taken against women [and felt he had the right to do, as a celebrity] which could and should actually be described as sexual assault. When a person goes up to another person, forces their mouth and tongue into someone’s mouth, then  puts their hands down their pants or up their skirt, that’s assault. And, in fact, a large number of Republicans have also gone on the war path over the tape and are refusing to endorse or vote for Trump.

Then there are Nays for Trump by  all of our living past presidents.

Women, whether GOPs, independents or Democrats, are dumping Trump at a rapid pace. (On Monday) I saw news that 700 Christian women admonished religious leaders who continue to support Trump after he bragged about groping women without their permission. “Such language cannot be dismissed as ‘locker room talk,'” the letter states. “The sin of misogyny has caused many of us to experience sexual assault or sexually abusive language that threatened our safety, dignity and well-being.”

Gilliland then refers back to 1998 with the Lewinsky matter, which, while inappropriate, was consensual. The GOP investigated this and every other issue involving the Clintons and, yet, neither of them has been convicted of anything. In addition, Bill Clinton is not running for any office. There have been no such allegations against Hillary Clinton.

The bottom line is that Trump was relating abhorrent acts he had done and felt he had a right to do with no permission from the women involved. If you can’t see the difference between this and an improper sexual relationship, then you really need sensitivity training to understand women better — although this kind of despicable act could be borne on men also.

Karen Barwick

Pell City