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Name your polls, letter writers

Posted: May 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

I would like to address briefly two letters to the editor that were published Sunday in The Signal.
The first was from Don Gately regarding the DUI checkpoints.

Don, I don’t think that you are aware or have read the updates printed after the checkpoints.

The one last month netted more people under the influence of marijuana than alcohol. Unfortunately, we have a serious drug problem in the valley, and the too-easy-to-get-medical marijuana card is only fostering this problem.

So sheriff’s deputies hanging down the street from the bars is not going to stop the drug users.

Personally I would love to see a DUI checkpoint every Friday and Saturday night if it keeps these idiots off the street.
With regard to Dan Frye’s letter about the UN and the U.S., thank you, Dan, for listing the poll provider.

I believe that if a letter writer cannot back up with “polls show,” naming the poll and when it was taken, that writer’s letter shouldn’t be published.

Two weeks ago, I read a letter in a different publication that stated that 78 percent of the country approved of a government program that is highly misrepresented by a segment of one of our own political parties.

Obviously this guy was totally lying or completely out of touch with reality; he never mentioned what poll he was citing or when it was taken or how many people were polled.

I have even seen some letters published here with the same arbitrary “polls show” and nothing to back it up with.

So for those of you who do contribute to the letters or opinions columns, keep it honest and don’t hallucinate with your “polls show” propaganda — back it up with the information that can be verified.

 

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