Some would rather hate |

Some would rather hate

Is “Plant(ing) native species” a heinous crime? Evidently so, according a 3/28/02 letter by a CDF employee in an attempt on the character assassination of Brian Vincent. Unfortunately, the letter is not a joke at all, but a vicious baseless unethical attack. The writer produced a laundry list of mostly absurd accusations invented out his own unwarranted wild speculations culminating with likening Vincent to Osama bin Laden. The list is really weird equating “blowing up dams” with “plant native species.” Now planting native species is something I unabashedly support, and it would be no crime if Vincent did as well! “Reintroduce wolves and grizzly bear” is also on the list, and I don’t know if Vincent favors this practice or not but U.S. Fish & Wildlife does.

I understand that there are people who would rather hate than think. What I do not understand why The Union would assist such people by publishing their letters. A letter of this sort is fodder for the violence prone, and it’s time for The Union to show some responsibility.

Mudslinging and demonizing are diversions to distract the observer from noticing that there is no real substance to the argument. Character assassination is an anathema to the democratic way of life. The Union should be fostering respectful dialogue, not malice and slander.

Don Jacobson

Grass Valley

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