Calling McDermott a barnacle is inappropriate
I find it unconscionable that you attach the word 'barnacle' to Representative Jim McDermott's name in your recent essay (3/31/2010, Inside View). This sort of name calling undermines any attempt at constructive dialogue.
While you may find that he has outlived his tenure, I could counter that your view comes from an uninformed and immature young-pup. Does this name calling advance anything?
Please, I hope that in the future you will resist all urges to use such inept tactics in your essays. Our communities, our society and culture, need opinions from across the board. These need to be written or expressed in ways that give the fullest respect to all participants in the dialogue.
- Madeleine Wilde
Your March 31 Inside View piece where you blithely referred to Rep. Jim McDermott as 'that barnacle' debased you more than him.
Would you have called Senator Edward Kennedy a barnacle? Most recently McDermott played an important role in the historic passage of the health care bill. Without him who knows what would have happened.
If you have a difference of opinion with some of McDermott's positions then state them specifically but don't just make snide remarks.
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