Columnist’s biases not supported

Dear editor,

Dear editor,

I read with distaste Tom Fletcher’s column, “Recall descends into ugly farce”, published in the Jan. 20 issue.  In my opinion, his column is an example of the worst kind of journalism.

Is it not true that good columnists present their opinions based on facts?  

On the issue of the HST recall campaign he goes on to write phrases like, “The rough beast of recall . . ., the rank smell . . ., venomous venture . . ., Vander Zalm also muttered . . ., HST clown car . . .” among other phrases showing his own bias.  

On the other side of the coin he described the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. James, in glowing terms.  No doubt, the man is a mild-mannered and a decent individual.  However, the point is that Fletcher’s column is so full of biases not supported by fact, that it carries no credibility.

I know we have to pay for the government services we demand.  Taxes are the main means of payment, but is the HST the fairest way to tax the people of this province?  Does it not place a disproportionate burden on young families and the elderly on fixed incomes?  Was the HST announced in an up front, honest way with efforts made to engage the populace in a debate?  Were it not for these reasons I would not have signed the HST form.  

I do not necessarily like the recall provision.  It should be used only in situations that threaten the fabric of democracy in a very real sense.  

I condemn threats made to anyone.  Abusive writing and slandering those of whose agenda we do not approve is distasteful to me.  Fletcher’s column does both.  I would have liked to have heard him report specific, unbiased facts about the recall’s failures and successes to this date.  

Rather than comparing the recall campaign to the threatening U.S. political scene, it would have been appropriate to point out the negative and positive aspects of recall to this province in any situation.

Werner Manke  

Port McNeill

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