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MUDSLINGING INAPPROPRIATE

Dear Source,
I read Mr. Ortega's op-ed and Mr. Prendergrast's open forum response today. Regardless of the merits of each opinion, I find Mr. Ortega's article to be focused on the issue; however, I find Mr. Prendergast's response lacks focus and involves excessive personal attacks and mudslinging.
I suggest that prior to placing anything in print, a standard is followed that excludes personal attacks. Reputable newspapers do not allow personal attacks to be printed — they require editorials and responses to be focused on issues, situations, and facts. Otherwise, journalism standards become set by the "National Enquirer, Jerry Springer, etc."
Joe Elmore

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Dear Source,
I read Mr. Ortega's op-ed and Mr. Prendergrast's open forum response today. Regardless of the merits of each opinion, I find Mr. Ortega's article to be focused on the issue; however, I find Mr. Prendergast's response lacks focus and involves excessive personal attacks and mudslinging.
I suggest that prior to placing anything in print, a standard is followed that excludes personal attacks. Reputable newspapers do not allow personal attacks to be printed -- they require editorials and responses to be focused on issues, situations, and facts. Otherwise, journalism standards become set by the "National Enquirer, Jerry Springer, etc."
Joe Elmore