Thanks to The Columbian for printing letters of differing opinions side by side. This is appreciated and should help prevent accusations that you are biased in one direction or other.
It is interesting that folks can look at the same "facts" and come up with differing opinions. I guess it is our backgrounds and educations, our regular TV or radio sites and the desire to hear what we want to hear.
However, in this age, we are long on information but short on truth. We are victims of all the spin doctors who flash their half-truths and their omissions for the objectives of their employers. In the info arena, 2 and 2 doesn't always equal 4.
To learn how things really are takes a real effort. The publishing of contrasting viewpoints gives us something to ponder.