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Matter of Opinion

It takes all kinds

The following two messages were received on successive days this week from loyal readers who exemplify how differently reasonable people can see issues -- or, in this case, columnists.
As usual, your reactions are invited. Meanwhile, I'll notify both writers (whose names have been withheld) that their comments have been posted. They may wish to weigh in, too.

As a long time S-R home delivery customer (? 35 years) and avid listener to the podcast of KCRW's 'Left, Right and Center', I love being able to read Robert Scheer with my morning meal. Please keep him coming as few pundits see the big picture as clearly as he does. Thanks.

and then...

I am writing today with a request. That is to please refrain from publishing editorials authored by Robert Scheer. I very much enjoy reading editorials in the Review. I certainly find value in others perspectives. Unfortunately, there seems to be a disturbing trend in regards to what is considered the rules for discourse; a general lack of respect.

I understand the leeway given to local citizens in regards to their letters to the editor; after all, we (citizens) are not paid for our editorials. However, Mr. Scheer is (paid.) Therefore, I would expect a higher standard of civility from a professional columnist. To be specific his editorial published in the Review on March 21st "Blithe Bush wears failure well" is the latest example of a man with a deep hatred of all things Bush. When he refers to a Pres. as a "virtual idiot" it crosses the line. I'm not speaking of just this instance. Make no mistake, I'm no Pres. Bush fan but can't we state our opinions without calling folks virtual idiots!? Mr Scheer brings shame on the Review whenever you publish his editorials. I love David Broder's editorials. He writes with class and conviction. Ms. Sullivan also is excellent. Both of these professionals have never stooped to such levels...they don't need to when making their case.

A Matter of Opinion is really a matter of three opinions – those held by the people responsible for the opinion pages of The Spokesman-Review. Check in regularly to find out what they’re up to, what they think and where they differ and to joust with them if you want.