I signed the petition to put Proposition 1 (Lakewood anti-gambling initiative) on the ballot because I thought it was an important enough issue that the public ought to get to weigh in. I have truly been on the fence about how to vote, however, and have appreciated the airing of information and letters in The Suburban Times.
The Sep. 29 letter from David Fretz, of the Vote No on Prop. 1 Steering Committee has helped me make up my mind. One thing I have learned in my 48 orbits of the sun is that in any debate, the side which resorts to dismissiveness and insults instead of facts and logic is the side whose facts and logic are the weakest.
Mr. Fretz was dismissive of the arguments offered by those who oppose gambling. He also called their assertions “distortions and outright lies” without providing evidence to support that claim. He called the evidence they site, “a hodgepodge of so-called studies,” without showing any evidence to refute the studies’ conclusions.
That’s just empty name-calling, and it tells me that Mr. Fretz must not have a factual argument to offer if name-calling is the best he can do.
He tried to make the case that Denny’s and Safeway are just as bad, but he fell short of accomplishing that. And besides, moral equivalency is a weak way to try to make one’s point.
Barbara Jones’s letter in the same issue of The Suburban Times faulted the initiative’s supporters for taking their campaign into churches, as if that is a bad thing, and called John Arbeeny and Dave Anderson “venomous individuals”. Wow! That is a pretty sharp departure from discussing the merits of the initiative.
Thank you, Mr. Fretz and Ms. Jones, for helping me make up my mind.
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