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No need for mudslinging, Mr Espeut

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I read Peter Espeut's column 'Forcing out democracy' (Gleaner, February 12, 2016)with a degree of sadness and a degree of annoyance.

It seems to me that all too often, persons with a public voice (i.e., members of the press or other media) resort more and more to name-calling to describe people or positions with which they do not agree: e.g., Example: "native protectionist warmonger".

I'm no fan of Donald Trump either, but it seems to me that name-calling is not a solution to the man's biases or perspectives, nor does it offer an alternative viewpoint.

I very much doubt Mr Espeut would like to be referred to as "a biased and intolerant lefty".

You're a good writer; write professionally and with class. Don't be sinking to the level of immature journalists and reporters who resort to passing off mudslinging as journalism. There's too much of that already.

In the meantime, enjoy the warmth in Jamaica, while we endure a weekend of -26 Celsius here in the Great White North.