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Letters | Senate race heats up

‘Progressive’ is a loaded term

Gabriel Gomez, Republican candidate for Senate, spoke to supporters Tuesday.

Steven Senne/Associated Press

Gabriel Gomez, Republican candidate for Senate, spoke to supporters Tuesday.

RE Like Brown, but in bomber jacket” (Op-ed, May 2): I was struck by columnist Joan Vennochi’s statement that “there’s good reason for Democrats to worry that Gomez will connect in a way that has nothing to do with progressive issues and everything to do with emotion.” I have never understood the popular media’s use of the word “progressive.” Arguably, the label refers to issues thought by some to be “liberal” by contemporary standards. If I have positions on issues such as immigration and gun control that are different from the mainstream media and Democratic Party, does that make me regressive?

It’s the same with the word archconservative. The media never use the word archliberal.

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I recall a neo-Marxist who once said that the power to define is the greatest power in political discourse.

Thomas F. Healy

Needham

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