Adolescent whining

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2003

I read, with some amusement, Richard Cormack's "Happiness Is..." letter to the editor (March 2). Mr. Cormack indicated that Mr. Smith shouldn't be expressing his views. Now, last time I checked, freedom of speech applied to everyone - even if he or she does not agree with your viewpoint. Mr. Smith says things that are not always popular, he strongly disagrees with people who express opinions contrary to his own - but he publishes opinions other than his own. Mr. Cormack evidently believes that happiness is reading letters to the editor that only agree with his viewpoint. Further, Mr. Cormack appears to believe that it is OK for him to make disparaging and immature comments about Mr. Smith, while the entire time accusing Mr. Smith of doing the same!

Mr. Cormack, you're going to have to face the fact that the world will not align itself to your views. People will disagree with you and you have to defend your viewpoints with intelligent debate (or just ignore them), not adolescent whining. Here is something that will make every day happy for you: If you don't like someone's views, don't read their letters.

Richard B. Walsh

Juneau



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