Personal vendettas should not be printed

January 16, 2014

I read with interest, as I always do, your editorial pages. However, on Jan. 7, I was very disappointed with the Cape Gazette after reading one letter in particular: “Put up or shut up, Mr. Dailey.”

The content of the letter had to do with the controversy on solar improvements in the Town of Milton. As always, and as it should be, differences of opinion were pointed out. The letter, however, progressed into what I felt to be a personal attack on an individual who did not share the writer’s opinion.

I was taught that in order to solve a problem, and avoid conflict, it is best to focus and stick to the facts or issues and not resort to personal rhetoric. Therefore, I am voicing my displeasure, not so much at the writer of the letter, but at the staff of the Cape Gazette that would allow what I consider to be an inappropriate personal attack. To me, the editorial page exists to post letters of opinions and viewpoints from readers on issues of the day, no matter how controversial. However, it is not, nor should it be used as, a forum for personal vendettas.

If you continue to allow this type of editorializing, there could be no end to the redirects and rebuttals. Then issues and problems that should be the focus, become secondary to the diversions - and nothing gets accomplished.

The question to you, Cape Gazette, is: Do you want to have integrity and be useful and productive - or to simply entertain?

Tom Diorio

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