Letter: McDonald-Smith's column an embarrassment

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I once told one of the staff writers that The Forecaster covered local news far better than The Portland Press Herald and that I looked forward to reading the weekly because of that.

Now I read Julie McDonald-Smith’s latest opinion piece on Columbus possibly saving “countless Jews from torture and death” (“The Right View: Columbus did more than sail the ocean blue”). This is pure speculation, when in fact Columbus and his crew inflicted torture and death on many of the native people they encountered in the “New World.”

It boggles my mind that your publication seems to do no fact-checking and that you persist in giving this woman a forum for her absurd views. You should be embarrassed.

Barbara Doughty