To the Editor:
Last week, a Ridgefield resident published a letter to the editor that started a firestorm among readers. The topic? Voter fraud. His satirical assertion that fraud absolutely occurred because “my president told me so” would probably have been hilarious if read out loud by Melissa McCarthy or Steven Colbert. But in print, for most of us, it fell hard and flat. And that’s not to say that now that I know his stance it couldn’t be made to sound funny. In fact, I appreciate not only his attempt, but even the creative means used to support his alternative facts. Perhaps an extra 20 words could have made the author’s intent crystal clear. So why did it rub so many the wrong way? When did satire cease to be an effective way to grab a reader’s attention and make a point?