Miss Lloyd's letter to the editor March 26 is an ad hominem argument - attacking a characteristic of a special interest group, rather than addressing the substance of the claim or producing evidence against the claim. The process of proving or disproving the claim is thereby subverted, and the argumentum ad hominem works to change the subject.

You have resorted to name-calling: a fallacy or red herring that works to appeal to emotions rather than to facts. Therefore, your claim is invalid based on emotional rhetoric.

You are belittling our right to view public records and review how public business is done as well as our right to make suggestions or express concerns in the appropriate venue. You strive to accomplish this ostensibly by damning character flaws or actions that are irrelevant to your argument.

You go on to say that you encourage the newspaper to print only those items that have been researched and verified by making the assertion that the 'bloviating curs' do not have the knowledge they claim. All the facts come from public records even you can obtain.

Shame on you!

Dora Morgan


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