[Vision2020] My Column / Megaloads & Hippies

Sunil Ramalingam sunilramalingam at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 7 22:39:02 PDT 2011

Whoops, I need to correct myself: It appears that Brett did not include V2020 in his address; someone else forwarded his email to the list. Nevertheless, I very much doubt he intends Henry any physical harm.

Still, I apologize for my error.


From: sunilramalingam at hotmail.com
To: vision2020 at moscow.com
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 22:28:22 -0700
Subject: Re: [Vision2020] My Column / Megaloads & Hippies


I dare say if Brett, who in my experience is a gentle person, intended to lynch you, I think he would have left V2020 off his address list. 

I have a couple of questions for you. You wrote, "In my book, doing so is akin to stopping a funeral procession on its way to the cemetery because you disagree with burial as a way to care for our dead." 

Can you explain how the environmental damage from a single burial compares to that done by the oil sands project? In hindsight, don't you think that's a pretty weak analogy?

Do you really think that people leaving downtown bars are going to be as loud as these loads?

Most important, do you think the council gave its constituents enough notice that they would be passing a resolution on this issue, and took enough comments from those constituents?

Finally, do you think that defining those who oppose the shipments as hippies really moves serious dialog forward? Perhaps this is the humor you refer to, but it comes across as a trite stereotype. 

I will be away from my computer for the next few days, but look forward to your response when you get a chance. I may be tardy in my own response, but will be as timely as I can.

From: hearseboy85 at gmail.com
To: vision2020 at moscow.com
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 19:58:14 -0700
Subject: [Vision2020] My Column / Megaloads & Hippies

I'm glad to see I've raised the hackles of Moscow's 
keyboard commandos here on Vision 2020!
While I'm no longer with RadioShack in Pullman (I 
haven't been for over a year now) where I work should be of little concern to 
anyone on this site.  My columns are simply the exercising of my first 
amendment rights to share my opinion with whatever twist of humor I desire. 

For what its worth, I do live in Moscow with my 
partner/husband Alex and am a Moscow/Latah county taxpayer.
So whats that to you and your friends on your 
mailing list Brett?  Gonna send a lynch mob after me?
Also, Shirley Ringo was incorrect in assuming 
that I'm a "republican" with "big business" leanings.  Yes, I was a page in 
the legislature (nearly 10 years ago) and I do have 
a slightly different outlook about business in Moscow (and in general) than the 
members of this forum.
I do however pride myself on becoming quite 
moderate with a slightly conservative slant in the past several years (compared 
to my earlier writings) and, if you've been following my columns, I quite 
publicly and brutally ripped the Latah County GOP a new one a couple months 
ago.  It was also in that column that resigned my membership from the Idaho 
and Latah GOP's in favor of becoming an independent.
If the readers of this forum want to take my 
writings literally then so be it - I presume then there is nothing I could write 
that wouldn't offend someone.  
Rather than start firing off phrases like 
"offensive idiot" I would much rather prefer that you step back and look at what 
I write with a little bit of humor as Tom Hansen has - yes Tom, it must be a 
hippie thing and no I don't understand. 
I'm flattered that you care so much about me and 
what I write
Henry Johnston
Moscow Pullman Daily News

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