- The Washington Times - Friday, January 21, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Ron Reagan’s claim - without substantiation - that his father, former President Ronald Reagan, had Alzheimer’s disease while in office, exposes junior as being opportunistic and disingenuous (“Misreading Reagan,” Wednesday, Commentary).

It is obvious to most everyone that Ron didn’t agree with his father’s ideology and is making this false claim to sell his book just as Reagan’s 100th birthday nears. Why else would he attempt to tarnish his father’s great legacy? Ronald Reagan was known as the “Great Communicator” because he spoke from the heart and was a charismatic speaker and leader. Because of Reagan, the 1980s were a period of great prosperity for Americans, and America was looked upon as a tower of strength for good all around the world.

It must be awfully difficult for Ron, as the son of Ronald Reagan, to stand in the shadow of such a giant of a man. By chipping away at his father’s greatness, it seems he is desperately trying to make himself look a little larger - but he comes off much smaller.

LORRAINE RYAN

Berwyn Heights, Md.

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