‘Perfect’ Columnist Should Think Twice About Attitude Delivered Through Words

I always find it compelling when columnist Cynthia Walker
employs her superlative grasp of English vocabulary and knowledge
of educational theory in an effort to blindly persuade readers that
her opinions are, somehow, more credible than anyone else’s.
‘Perfect’ Columnist Should Think Twice About Attitude Delivered Through Words

Dear Editor,

I always find it compelling when columnist Cynthia Walker employs her superlative grasp of English vocabulary and knowledge of educational theory in an effort to blindly persuade readers that her opinions are, somehow, more credible than anyone else’s.

In her latest rant, Ms. Walker criticizes columnist Lisa Pampuch on her methods of reasoning and lack of credible proof, but then, Ms. Walker goes on to employ the same exact tactics in her rebuff. Let’s take her reasoning for the viability of the CAHSEE. Ms. Walker attributes the recent two-point rise at Gilroy High School to the mere existence of the CAHSEE. Actually, in my substandard knowledge of scientific theory as a non-practicing doctor, I don’t believe the data sample is actually large enough to attribute ANY correlation to this test and so, Ms. Walker’s reasoning methods would be inconclusive at best.

In her second example, Ms. Walker defends the Swiftboat Veterans’ for Truth attacks on John Kerry as “extremely credible accounts.” Where is the proof she chided Ms. Pampuch for not providing? Ms. Walker goes on to provide her readers with a lesson on what, most “common” people “below her educational superiority” refer to as “blind faith” or the acceptance of certain things or events that one has never been witness to.

In these instances, what is determined as a “credible account” is accepted from a wide range of sources such as various documentation, verbal accounts from various parties etc. The fact that the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth are a group of men that was formed with the expressed extremist, conservative motivations to re-elect President Bush and contradicts other groups of veterans that were present at the various events AND contradicts this great nation’s United States Navy in its honoring John Kerry with some of its highest distinctions, does NOT make their claims “highly” or even a “little” credible. As far as I know about scientific reasoning, and I’m sure, as an “expert” Ms. Walker will eagerly point out any mistakes in reasoning I make here, you cannot label a claim to be “extremely credible” simply because the motives or outcome concur with your own!

Ms. Walker’s column time would be far more productive and entertaining if she reserved her right to publicly ridicule other’s thoughts, opinions and delivery thereof, until she, herself walks this Earth as a perfect and infallible human being. Until then, I recommend anyone who reads the column regularly and is so impressed as to blindly follow, to get a really good dictionary.

Sharon Stone, Highland Park, IL (formerly Gilroy)

Time is Now to Impeach President, Administration

Dear Editor,

President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, et al must be impeached and held accountable for the damage they have done to the country and the Constitution.

Each day they stay in office they bring us closer to becoming a fascist state … and we are just a gasp from being there now!

Harry Burmester, Gilroy

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