Two letters lambasting The Oregonian, rejected for obvious reasons
To the editor: June 13, 2011
Your editorial, “Dig deeper into Yucca,” is, in itself, a “steaming pile of politics,” sprinkled with insinuation and teeth-grinding invective. “Dirty work,” indeed!
If your editorial writers were to “dig deeper,” they’d discover irrefutable scientific evidence supporting President Obama’s well-informed decision to abandon the site.
The late Molly Ivins summed it up, “Yucca Mountains is in an earthquake zone and leaks.” The Western Shoshone call it “Serpent Swimming West” for its seismic activity. Travertine, a water-borne mineral, percolates to the surface.
We’re not “waiting for a straight answer on Yucca Mountain.” University of Colorado geophysicist Dr. Charles B. Archambeau delivered it in November 1990: “If you want to envision the end of the world, that’s it.”
Archambeau was quoted in a New York Times article on Page 2 of The Oregonian beneath the banner headline, "Warning at Yucca Mountain: Dump may mean disaster."
“Toxic stew of politics and payback,” indeed!
To the editor: June 29, 2011
If that propaganda piece excusing Michele Bachmann’s failings vis-à-vis Sarah Palin’s can masquerade as “analysis,” I’m the Sugar Plum Fairy (“Don’t dismiss Bachmann as another Palin,” June 29).
Not only is it poorly written, it’s bereft of sense and substance: “Both are women (duh)* who align most closely with social conservatives.” This is the sort of clap-trap one might expect to emanate from the basement of an oxymoronic “right-wing think tank.”
Which brings me to the same-day letter by Ron Haybittle of Hillsboro, a companion to the “analysis,” though much shorter and better written. He condemns “liberal cartoonists” who “bully and demonize” poor Michele, then tosses another oxymoron -- “progressive media” -- into the mix.
Coincidentally, Jack Ohman chose this day to “demonize” Michele in his cartoon about the Tea Party candidate’s latest misstatement. Thank God someone at The Oregonian sees this radical-right demagogue for what she is.
*It’s the so-called analysts' “(duh),” not mine.
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