In a recent column, Leigh Donaldson interpreted the results of a University of Washington survey in which he said, “identifying as a conservative or tea party supporter was an accurate predictor of racial resentment.”

That statement struck a nerve with a writer to this newspaper, who refuted Donaldson’s stand on social and economic issues.

Martin Jones of Freeport wrote, “Republicans have principled objections to these policies.” A member of the “party of no” that has agreed to block any legislation President Obama submits to Congress is claiming to have principles?

That’s a real stretch! In Nevada, Sharron Angle, Harry Reid’s opponent, seems to be running some kind of an armed insurrection campaign.

She has a permit to carry a concealed .44-caliber Magnum and says, “The nation is arming because they will have to fight for their liberty in some Second Amendment ways. If we don’t win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?”

That’s a not-so-veiled threat that sounds more like the credo of the “white supremacists.” Is she one of those principled Republicans? She also wants to privatize Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The departments of energy, education and environmental protection and the IRS are just a few of the things she feels the country no longer needs.

By her own admission, she says she is “wacky.” How lucky can Reid be to have an opponent who not only admits to being wacky, but tries to prove it by making inane campaign statements?