To the editor:

Your newspaper recently noted a mention of the city of Salem in a recent "Saturday Night Live" bit.

The sophomoric SNL piece positioned Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum as a person who yearned for a cultural milieu most closely resembling Colonial Salem during the witch trials.

I find this humorous because one wonders where Mr. Santorum would actually fit in Salem society in the year 1692. Would the conservative, pro-family candidate be operating in the role of Puritan inquisitor or accuser?

The denizens of SNL think so, but taken in light of today's cultural realities, Mr. Santorum would more likely be the accused, the recipient of hysterical rants and punishments from the diabolical and world-weary guys and gals who know how to dredge up persecution against vulnerable people with countercultural convictions.

I met Mr. Santorum briefly in New Hampshire on the day of the debate held at Dartmouth College.

He is a good family man, an honest and experienced legislator, and a courageous, truth-telling person of faith. I'm sure he wears the derision of SNL as a badge of honor!

Well, that said, current-day Salem can get back to the important business of adjudicating quarrels between witches and zombies.

Isn't it wonderful to be living in the postmodern era?

Eileen Guerin

Boxford

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