We locals are known for our strong opinions but we also have a culture of tolerance. In fact, respect for others’ differences is what makes our area such a desirable place to live.
This respect was violated in the April 2 edition by your publishing a rebuttal letter [“Had Enough of Stewart David’s Letters,” Xpress] which personally attacked Stewart David, a frequent contributor of thoughtful letters to Mountain Xpress. David’s letters might be controversial and it’s fine when others agree or disagree. But Dow’s attack letter “shooting the messenger” did not address one single issue. By publishing it you did nothing to educate, entertain or make us think.
Mountain Xpress responds:
We regret running the April 2 letter, “Had Enough of Stewart David’s Letters.” Although we felt at press time that the letter was a general complaint and not a personal attack, we understand that it can be interpreted as the latter and also that it does not encourage dialogue about the issues. Mr. David has written letters and commentary for Xpress for many years. We value his contributions as we do those of all of our active readers.