Printed letters, Jan. 14, 2010

Ritters deserves thanks

for fighting gas firms

Thank you to Gov. Ritter for being a crusader for our health, wildlife and environment. During his tenure, he was assertive and stood his ground in protecting these precious necessities. He faced mega-sized oil and gas corporations with dignity and integrity. Corporate gain for these companies was not his first charge. Life and health issues were.

Once, just once, I would like to see the oil and gas companies put health, wildlife and environment first. It is transparent that money is the name of the game.

I am not a Democrat and certainly don’t agree with many decisions Gov. Ritter has made, but I will always respect him in this arena. Who will continue to uphold this virtue?

TOM KELLEY

Readers need more data on who conducts polls

Polling, we’ve all become accustomed to it, but how reliable is it really? And who conducts these polls? Can we trust that they aren’t slanting them in some way? These are questions I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, when I noticed I was hearing frequent poll numbers given by one company and only that company.

And I wondered why I — a pretty dedicated researcher of political trends and movements — had never heard of that company.

Then in the Jan. 7 edition of The Daily Sentinel, I noticed that two very conservative writers, Jay Ambrose and Rick Wagner, in their columns referred to polls done by that same pollster, and that made me suspicious.

Who is this Rasmussen fellow those sources are so fond of? If they believe in fair and balanced reporting, why aren’t any other polls mentioned?

I think the Sentinel editors, having given that pollster extra recognition by publishing the opinions of those columnists, should give their paper’s readers an explanation of where they stand on such issues and why. It would be the fair and balanced thing to do.

M.E. JOHNSON

 

Cherishing life means loving all people

The billboard says: “Cherish Life: Born and Unborn.” Among the “born,” of course, we must include children who are abused or neglected, right? And probably those who do the abusing or neglecting, too, as well as snotty-nosed, loud-mouthed kids running around being annoying or disruptive and sullen teenagers, naturally. Plus folks with tattoos, too much make-up, or sloppy attire. And people who are as big as a barn or as thin as a wisp. And alcoholics and addicts.

Other lives to be cherished would be the poor, those without health insurance and highly paid corporate folks who raid our paltry savings to give themselves obscene bonuses. Without a doubt we must include socialists, Republicans, Democrats, people of faith (all faiths, Christian and non-Christian), and the agnostics and atheists, too. Can’t forget soldiers, journalists, law-enforcement personnel, auto mechanics, fire and disaster workers, bankers, supermodels, medical workers, peace demonstrators, teachers, grocery clerks and librarians.

Respecting and cherishing life also ought to include the elderly (even if they drive too slow or smell funny), bicycle riders (ditto), SUV drivers, those with physical or mental disabilities, the wise and the foolish, people we love, homosexuals, all politicians (even if we disagree with them) and even non-human life — like our dogs and cats. Also among the born are Oprah, Rush and Jay Cutler. Keep on cherishing!

I hope you all have lots of categories to add to this very incomplete list. However, if you want to omit anyone, then I don’t think you can truly claim to “cherish life.”

NANCY TIERNAN



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