Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Time for Murphy to go

I cannot speak for the other two writers Mr. Lauer castigated in last week's letter but I can defend myself.

I have never called Mr. Murphy names nor said he has no right to speak as he sees fit.

What I have said is that he uses invective (a word I have often used in his regard), name calling and half-truths rather that reasoned arguments.

Mr. Lauer calls us 'hypocrites or worse' but doesn't cite an example. You will note that that is the very problem I have expressed with Mr. Murphy, to wit: He casts aspersions without any proof whatsoever.

When I called for Mr. Murphy's removal I have, in most cases, asked for him to be replaced with someone with a liberal view who can argue his point without lowering the tone of the debate. I have even cited examples of persons known nationally and local gentlemen I know who can argue in that vein.

Both Messrs. Murphy and Lauer do not argue a point but rather besmirch and belittle those they disagree with.

I have urged the removal of Mr. Murphy on many occasions, not because of his opinions, but because very little of what he says furthers the cause of reasoned debate and much of what he says is mean-spirited or outright false.

Finally, I am totally for the First Amendment but that right does not grant the ability to say anything you wish without being asked to prove your point. Nor does it grant the right to vilify your opponent simply because you disagree without being disputed.

The Mountain Express has every right to publish whomever they wish. I would be much happier with someone other than Pat Murphy.

Mike Burke

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