Re: * Re: [NorCalPCA] Re: [norcalsf] Al Gore message too political? - my apologies
I've never sent a message on either of the norcal listservs. This is the most interesting conversation ever (at least in the two years or so I've been a participant). Keep it going. I think this is what a listserv is for.
Mike Learned, Nyasaland then Malawi (before most all of you were born)
D Zabaldo <unlisted@...> wrote:
I've been watching the email traffic on this issue, and I have to say
that what disturbs me far more than Susan's original posting, which I
think was non-partisan and of interest to the community, is the reply
below that people who didn't like it must not be "real PCV's" etc.
The tolerance and respect that "real PCV's" demonstrate--and receive
from host country nationals--is a critical element of the experience.
Denigrating people because you don't agree with them, and especially
doing so on this listserv, seems to me to be inimical to the values
that this community upholds. One does not need to "turn in their RPCV
badge" based on their environmental beliefs. What's next? Fiscal
conservatives tossed out because they smack of right-wingers?
This community shares interests and values, but it doesn't have to
agree on everything--and discussing the appropriate places for types
of postings is reasonable, as in the suggestion of the advocacy link.
However, demeaning people's character because they disagree with a
particular position is exactly how current political officials
suppress debate and stifle democracy. One would hope the RPCV
community would be a better model for openness and respect.
There is a genuine debate to be engaged in regarding the cause of
global warming--and it is not necessarily a partisan one, though
politicians tend to use it as one. For reference on a dissenting view
to Gore, people might want to check out a documentary called The
Great Global Warming Swindle. This is not to say that I'm a proponent
of a particular position, but only that I think the issue is worth
being informed about--and that no one needs to be attacked to do it.
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>> I feel Susan has no need to apoligize. If you are a
>> RPCV and you are complaining about e-mails that
>> support envirnmental causes then you should turn in
>> your RPCV badge. It is obvious that the people
>> complaining where not real PCV's but people using the
>> organization to better their resume at the expense of
>> the communities they served in.
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