August 18

In his Aug. 15 The Take news analysis, Dan Balz correctly described a “unified response . . . to decry the tactics of the city’s police force” in Ferguson, Mo. [“Furor in Ferguson brings out GOP’s growing libertarian wing,” front page]. But he stretched that statement to call that “clear evidence of a rising and more vocal libertarian wing within the Republican Party.” Really? This one event has unleashed the libertarian voice? Have we not heard this ideology prior?

The shooting of a suspect from about 35 feet away, reportedly with his hands up, seems unifying in its own right, without requiring one to extrapolate that it is “clear evidence” of what already exists. Mr. Balz should use better judgment in drawing conclusions.

Neil Spiller, Silver Spring