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LETTERS

‘Militias’? No, call them vigilantes

A right-wing demonstrator gestures toward a counterprotester as members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators rally in Portland, Ore.
A right-wing demonstrator gestures toward a counterprotester as members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators rally in Portland, Ore.John Locher/Associated Press

Terminology matters. It is important to call things what they are, not what interested parties would prefer. Today’s so-called militias are nothing more than gangs of vigilantes, so let’s call them what they are. Don’t dignify them with the name of militias, which have a long and useful history from American colonial days.

Steve Carter

North Reading