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Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 12:00 am

Letters published in the Feb. 11 Explorer.

Readers can ignore writers’ opinions ‘til they prove up

I hope that readers will evaluate the letters by Helen Keilman and Rick Cunnington (“Adding to the List”) for what they are. They are highly opinionated assertions with no evidence offered to prove they are accurate.

For example, “Closing Gitmo. There is no better place to hold terrorists. …” How does Cunnington know that is true? What people or articles does he quote to support his assertion? Why should I accept those sources?

Both writers are entitled to their opinions and readers are entitled to ignore them until they offer some evidence to support those assertions.

Don Sikkink

Oro Valley

OV politicos may not expand their serfdoms, influence

As a member of a community who resisted annexation into the Mickey Mouse Town of Oro Valley, and as one who must now endure it (along w/ the politicos’ efforts to make Golder Ranch Fire, etc. rich), I would suggest that those such as KC Carter count their days in office as numbered -- the people are not as stupid as he and the others think.

Sooner or later we must turn Oro Valley into a real, mature, efficient, honest town government.

Abandoning the present volunteer board system is yet another example of politicos trying to expand their serfdoms and influence. Enough.

Bob Lundquist

Suffolk Hills

Franzi fallacy more fun than the crossword

Fallacy finding in Emil Franzi’s column is more fun than working the crossword or Sudoku. His latest sophistry (Feb. 4 Explorer) did not disappoint.

He wrote that Democrats need to “quit the phony poor-mouthing and concede that [Democrats] are the party of the ‘upper class.’ Check the income level in the districts of Democrat Congressional leaders Pelosi and Hoyer versus that of the average Republican.”

First, the adjective is ”Democratic” not “Democrat.” One does not modify a noun with another noun.

Second, though Pelosi and Hoyer hail from wealthy CDs, to invite his readers to compare the wealth of their districts to that of the average Republican is misleading. The honest comparison would be the average Democratic CD wealth to the average Republican CD wealth.

Maybe Mr. Franzi read a laughable report by Mr. Michael Franc, vice president with the conservative Heritage Foundation. Trying to prove that apples really are oranges, he took 2007 Internal Revenue Service figures showing that of the wealthiest top third of CDs based on median household income (mhi), 58 percent were Democratic. Well, blow me over. Since 2006 Democrats have held a majority of the (begin italic) total number (end italic) of CDs. One could take a third of seats based on many criteria and find a Democratic majority. The same 2007 IRS mhi figures reveal that of the (begin italic) poorest bottom third (end italic) of CDs, 69 percent were Democratic.

But the real issue is which party fights for the middle class and poor. Not to say that there are no middle-class Republicans; there are many. But they don’t set their party’s agenda -- comedian Rush Limbaugh does. If middle-class Republicans voted their economic interests rather than buying into the fear mongering (e.g. Elect Democrats and they’ll take away your guns, terrorists will kill you, and gay school teachers will turn your boy into a Sodomite), they would vote Democratic.

Wait. Sorry. I forgot. Many of those middle class Republicans did just that in 2006, and 2008. Maybe a grand awakening is ongoing in the GOP, and that is why comedian Rush Limbaugh wishes our president to fail.

Respectfully submitted,

Grant Winston


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