Focus on issue being debated
By Lexie Jones
October 04, 2008
While I love to throw my support towards an issue I believe in
and I look forward to an intelligent debate, I typically do not
write letters to the editor. Simply because people cannot seem
to keep their discussion soley based toward the issue being debated.
A perfect example is Randy Lake's response to Tom Ferry's letter.
While I agree that Mr. Ferry tends to go overboard on his defense/opinion
of whatever issue he is writing about, I wonder why Mr. Lake
felt the need to personally attack Mr. Ferry instead of just
attacking his viewpoint? Does Mr. Lake feel that insulting a
letter writer with juvenile names somehow makes his opinion more
relevant? Does calling Mr. Ferry names and implying that he
has never read a hard cover book make Mr. Lake feel superior
or that Mr Ferry has no right to state his own opinion? I just
don't get it. Reactions and respones like Mr. Lakes are why I
usually do not write letters to the editor. We need to attack
the issue - not the person.
But my real reason for submitting this letter is to say how repulsed
I am by some of the comments concerning vice president candidate
Sarah Palin. Charlotte Tanner is a well known Republican hater,
and I'm sure she's enjoyed many a fun night with Mayor Weinstein
at a KRBD function or the Monthly Grind. I rarely agree with
anything she writes, but I typically respect the passion she
has to stand up for her beliefs. What repulses me are the physical
attacks that Tanner and a couple other writers make about Gov
Palin. As a fellow woman, I find it disgusting to see another
female make disparaging remarks against a woman running for vice
president (or in any position, for that matter) based on her
looks!!! As we fight and struggle for women's rights, equal pay
for the same work, we fight for women to make their name in the
business and politic world - two areas generally dominated by
men . . . comments insinuating that Palin was only picked as
a potential VP because of her attractiveness is an insult to
ALL women in the world.
We teach our children NOT to judge people by their looks. Yet
Mrs. Tanner implies that Palin is only reached her position because
of her "pretty face" and "the lipstick applied
to it." Comments like that only set the women's movement
back. Feel free to dislike Gov Palin, but at least do so because
of valed reasons.
While people like Mrs. Tanner may not be able to judge somebody
in the political avenue by their past, reputation, actions, ideas
and vision other than thinking that all Republicans are evil
and all Democrats are good . . . . I hope the rest of you will
not be close-minded and tied exclusively to your party's line!
When you cast your vote for president, please do so based on
who you think will be the best leader of our country for the
next four years - regardless if they are a republican or democrat.
PLEASE do not base your vote on whether they are pretty or attractive,
but instead on what you feel they have to offer the citizens
of the United States and world.
I'm already anticipating a response from the Tanners and Lakes
of the world. Hopefully they can stick to the topic and my opinions,
rather than making person attacks against me, or impressing each
other by coming up with sarcastic comments about my intelligence
or writing level. Thank you!
About: "Lifetime lover
of those who treats others with respect. 20 year Ketchikan resident"
Received October 02, 2008 -
Published October 04, 2008
of touch By Randy M Lake
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