[Vision2020] Columnist's Hate Rhetoric Twists the Truth

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Sat Sep 16 07:56:11 PDT 2006

>From today's (September 16, 2006) Moscow-Pullman Daily News with a special
thanks to Leslie Fort of Pullman -

In the Moscow-Pullman community, a community saturated with 30,000 college
students, Ed Iverson's hate-filled editorials should be relegated to a more
appropriate venue.  Just remember to flush when you are finished writing,
Mr. Iverson.  Most people do not appreciate the stench.


Columnist's hate rhetoric twists the truth 

Ed Iverson is a "contemporary comedy and tragedy of society." 

I have had it with Iverson and his Saturday morning rants (Opinion, Sept. 9
& 10) It's supposed to be an editorial page, not a propaganda page. He would
have us believe the world is black and white. Most of us know the world is
black, white and so many shades of gray that are complex and ever changing.
The fact is that everyone's life experiences are different and lead to
different views. If Ed Iverson's world view is as narrow as he tells us then
so be it. But it is my right to my world view. Don't like it? Tough -
welcome to grown-up land. 

He stated ". according to the CDC, homosexual men are 1,000 times more
likely to contract AIDS than someone in the general population ." I went to
the CDC Web site and could not find any facts to verify this claim. I
e-mailed the CDC and gave them the quote. Here is part of the information I
received from them: 

MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) are slightly more than 2 times more likely
to have HIV than non-MSM, however, that profile is changing. While HIV
infections in MSM remain relatively stable, infections in heterosexual
persons, especially women, are increasing. 

This seems to say that not only are homosexual men not 1,000 times more
likely to get AIDS than I am (he only missed it by 997) but that this is a
health issue that affects all Americans. It is typical of hate rhetoric to
twist the truth. 

I am tired of the hateful rhetoric. Ed Iverson must go. A community with two
public universities, many faith communities that preach tolerance for
others, and people who believe in respecting our differences deserve more
from the Daily News than someone preaching hate. 

Leslie Fort, Pullman


Seeya round town, Moscow.

Tom Hansen
Vandalville, Idaho

"Everyone has problems, some are just better at hiding them." 

- Unknown 

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