Vol. 5 Num 215 Fri. December 31, 2004  
Letters to Editor

"Ohio has failed the world"

Readers should be free to air their opinions/grievances in The Letter to The Editor page. However, opinion pieces on the Editorial and Point-Counterpoint pages must meet higher standards of accuracy, objectivity and analysis. Just because someone sends an article from the US or is the first to send an article on an important topic such as the results of the last US presidential elections, does not mean the piece is publication worthy. A case in point is Mr. Zaied Ali's error-ridden piece, "Ohio has failed the world," published in The Daily Star on November 7.

As several American readers of The Daily Star have pointed out in these columns, in his article Mr. Ali demonstrates a very hazy understanding of the American electoral process. In his rebuttal letter on December 10, Mr. Ali still reiterates that somehow the state of Ohio is more to blame for President Bush's election victory than any of the other 30 states that voted for Mr. Bush! Clearly, Mr. Ali still does not get it! The straw that breaks the camel's back is not the only straw solely responsible for breaking the camel's back!