Tuesday, February 15, 2005

I get letters

Today's edition of The Vermilion (one of the sloppiest issues ever, I'm sorry to say) contains a letter addressing me. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but lately the letters section has been as dead as its layout. How bad is it? Last week's issue actually recycled a letter from the first issue of the semester! But I digress. Here's what my critic said, with his utter contempt for grammar intact:

Dear Editor,

The Vermilion has in its mist a true liberal columnist, and just as liberals everywhere he must believe that a Lie told often enough and loud enough becomes truth. Yes this weeks article (January 26, 2005) is written obviously as a satire, but words cannot be taken back once said and certain statements within it are just blatantly untrue. No doubt in an effort to take a shot at OUR ( yours and MINE) President. In this article Mr. McGibboney writes “ At a cost of $40 million, this ceremony is easily the most expensive of its kind in American history.” ( Referring to President Bush’s Inauguration)

“ A review of the cost for past inaugurations shows Mr. Bush’s will cost less than President Clinton’s second inauguration in 1997, which cost about $42 million. When the cost is adjusted for inflation, Mr. Clinton’s second-term celebration exceeds Mr. Bush’s by about 25 percent. According to the Consumer Price Index, $42 million in 1997 is the equivalent of $49.5 in 2004. The significant majority of funding for this year’s festivities, including nine officials ball, are from private donations and tickets for events held by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a similar setup to fund raising Mr. Clinton used to underwrite his inauguration. Mr. Clinton had a record 12 balls in 1997.” (By Joseph Curl,

I for one would like the information presented in this schools publication to at least be truthful. It appears to me that even if you disregard the adjustment for inflation $42 million is still greater than $40 million. Mr. McGibboney greater means more expensive ( your being very liberal with your calculations).

James D. Hammett

My instant reactions:

1) That first clause is particularly hurtful. Me, a liberal? No way!!

2) I really hate being called "Mr. McGibboney." I'm not your teacher!

3) "Mr. Clinton had a record 12 balls in 1997." Too easy. Suffice to say, the number of inaugural galas attended by the First Family was actually 14; in other words, Clinton really had more balls than James gives him credit for.

4) James wants The Vermilion to "at least be truthful," yet he cites a very interesting article that turns out to be completely wrong. Bad boy.

Still, I'm happy to see that someone cares enough to write to The Vermilion these days. That's no small feat and should not be treated as such.


Phillip said...

when i see an artilce or a letter and i find a mispelled word i imeddiately dissmiss the auther's and his/her point.

MagicalShrimp said...

So he's saying a 'true Liberal' is someone who uses his constitutional rights to speak out against the president? Sounds like he inadvertantly gave you a compliment!

Tips for life: If you're going to write an indignant letter to the editor about someone being wrong, at least use spellcheck first so as not to look like a schmuck.

PusBoy said...

1. The Vermillion has a mist? How can i get in that mist? Are there gorillas in it?

2. The Big Lie Theory was one proposed by the ULTRACONSERVATIVE Nazis, not liberals.

3. Balls.

Ian McGibboney said...

Yes, the Vermilion has a mist. Indeed, they misspell so many words that "Vermillion" even shows up in an article or two this week. Sloppy editing, I'm telling ya.