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RE: the recent political discussion

Well said my dear.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Kitty Morrissy" <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Tue, 18 Feb 2003 14:48:31 -0500

>In defense of the person who sent the mail suggesting where and why to buy
>gas, I did not consider it junk email.  Neither was it fueled by fear or
>hate.  I considered it to have come from a concerned person who wanted to
>support companies who conduct business in a manner she considers
>appropriate and to stop handing over her hard-earned money to companies
>whose business practices offend her.
>For example, I chose years ago to stop flying Northwest Airlines (losing an
>abundance of frequent flier miles) because Northwest flies in their cargo
>holds virtually all the wild-caught primates from Africa to the US research
>We the little people often feel powerless, yet we want to do something
>constructive.  I can't stop research labs from experimenting on primates. 
>I can't stop Ugandans from killing each other.  I can't stop terrorists
>from bombing us.  And I can't stop Gail Norton and her cronies from
>destroying the very land she is paid to protect.  But I really would like
>to be able to do something about it, no matter how small.
>I do not expect everyone to agree with my views and I respect everyone's
>right to speak their mind.  If I don't agree, I've got a delete key.  I
>don't want any of you, even the most thin-skinned, to feel offended.  It
>has never been my intention to hurt anyone on this list.  But I also hope
>that all of us would believe the same of each other.  Still, if others'
>opinions have proved too much for you to bear, go ahead and take a breather
>and come back when you can.  We will have truly missed you.  We'll welcome
>you back.  But be forewarned, we may still have opinions.
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Linda <lja@direcway.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Date: 2/18/2003 11:34:53 AM
>> Subject: [CHAT] the recent political discussion
>> Hello gardening friends--
>> I want to thank those of you who have written to me asking me to stay on
>> list.  That was kind.  Pam suggested I sleep on my decision, and that I
>> done.
>> When we started using this list it was understood that there was no 'off
>> topic', and so I was prepared for that.  But nothing in my make-up
>> me to accept junk e-mail that fuels hate in the world.  I came of age
>> the civil rights era, and have worked my entire life to fight
>> whenever it touched my family's life or a community I lived in.  I see
>> while I was sleeping, some have you have discovered, as I did the first
>> I saw this e-mail, that it is a fraud.  I guess it's good to reject it on
>> that basis, but I would feel better about the future of our country if you
>> had rejected it because it was obviously premised on fear and hate.  It's
>> the same premise that prejudice has always had:  if some Saudis hurt us,
>> then all Saudis are bad and deserve to be hurt by us.  Stereotyping to
>> engender hate and fear of a whole group, then suggesting action to act it
>> out.  Every step we take in the direction takes Al Qaeda closer to
>> So that is why I reacted strongly to the junk e-mail.  I agree with some
>> you who have said it is natural for a group like this one to want to
>> major events and air our feelings.  There is merit in that, but this went
>> beyond the limits I can endure without expressing my feelings.
>> I think I will still leave the list.  I am too busy and too grouchy right
>> now to contribute positively.  Perhaps in the spring I'll decide to come
>> back.  My best to you all.
>> Linda in SE Wyoming
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