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$500 Publisher’s Challenge

Re: Your publisher’s opinion regarding an unprovoked attack on Iraq (Feb. 4): There are two red flags that alert an audience when a speaker is lacking substance: exaggeration and “straw men.”

Relying on exaggeration to make a point often means there is no credible point. If it stood up to scrutiny, facts wouldn’t need to be distorted or exaggerated to untruthful proportions. A “straw man” is putting words in people’s mouths, misrepresenting opposing viewpoints and, yes, exaggerating to portray an oversimplified caricature that is easy to criticize.

Mr. Ackerman claims “the thousands who march” (oops! Off by a magnitude of hundreds!) suggest America “do nothing … bring all troops home … send (them) to their (families)” and “pretend that there is no evil.”

I challenge him to provide the names of five people with proof that they express such a viewpoint. I will pay him $500. A newspaper publisher should be more firmly grounded in reason.

Please update the photo accompanying his opinions. Snap a full head shot photo so the community members that he insists on insulting – with his comments and subintellectual level of debate – can see that the top of his head indeed is connected to his body.

Five hundred dollars awaits Mr. Ackerman.

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