To the editor:
George Gurley's July 4 editorial tone decrying the book "What's the Matter with Kansas" by Thomas Franks was similar to that of a teacher rebuking a child for questioning conventional wisdom. Although probably not deliberate, Mr. Gurley's editorial reaction was an excellent example of "backlash" reasoning described by the book.
A book like this touches many nerves, and apparently all of Mr. Gurley's. When confronted with uncomfortable truths, it is now fashionable to deny and project, which does not assist meaningful social class analysis or recognitions as the book suggests. In a time when journalists and news shows are producing programs akin to propaganda, a book like this one should be viewed as welcome alternative relief.