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An Honest Conservative Reply to Joel McNally

James Pawlak, West Allis

Aug. 16, 2008
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Being an honest conservative I do read the columns in your paper with the intent of balancing out input from other, much more "right wing", sources. Who knows? Someday, I might find myself or my sources in error and change my views and resultant actions (eg Voting).

Yet, Mr. Joel McNally's ongoing parade of ignorance as to almost any subject he discusses has done nothing to encourage my ongoing efforts to view the world and its people in a fair way.

In your most recent (August 14-20, 2008) issue Mr. McNally's "Croaking Canaries" presents his considerable (Paraphrased quote) "subtraction from the sub-total of human knowledge" in the areas of terrorism and of nuclear-power engineering.

Your readers, editors and  (Most specially) Mr. McNally should remember the following.
1. The movie The China Syndrome was fiction and should not be put up as an example
    for discussion of scientific or engineering topics any more than the radical and
    unqualified exponents of the "twin towers as USA sponsored sabotage" fools should
    override the best engineering minds of this and other nations.
2. The Chernobyl (The Ukraine) nuclear disaster was an almost classic example of
    SOCIALIST engineering, design, lack-of-proper-controls and bureaucratic stupidity
    considered inferior even at that time.
3. The Three Mile Island incident probably release less radiation than too many of the
    coal powered power plants do today.
4. I have not read Mr. John Fuller's We Almost Lost Detroit; But, that author's prior
    dedication to the supernatural and space-aliens (And lack of apparent engineering
    background) leads me to wonder why anyone would use that as a base-line for a
    reasoned discussion of nuclear power plants. {We still have Detroit--Damm it!]
5. The engineering of modern nuclear power plants (In such places as Japan and France)
    do allow of minor fires and, perhaps, very minor radiation leaks----Which have all been
    quickly and safely contained.
6. The nature of such plants' reactor vessels are now such that I doubt that even a "9/11"
    style Islamic terrorist attack would crack them and cause a melt-down.
7. The real and acknowledged great terrorist attack targets are oil refineries and, most
    of all, those ships which move Liquid Petroleum Gas on the seas and into our ports.
8. As a practical matter, the real terrorist threats are: The level of violent Black-on-Black
    crimes in most urban settings; The growth in power of largely Latino gangs flowing
    out of Latin-America, through California and into the rest of the USA; And, the instant
jihads of such Muslims who suddenly decide to attack "the unbelievers" as
     Mohammed Taheri-Azar who has been convicted of attempted murder by his driving a
     sports-utility vehicle into a crowd at the UNC campus OR the highly educated and
     well paid Muslim doctors who attempted to blow up the Glasgow (Scotland)
     air port.

I do look forward for your many well written (If far "to the left") columns; But, find Mr. McNally's deviation from reality  well beyond even my tolerance.

                                                             Sincerely yours,
                                                                            James Pawlak

PS---As usual, please do forward this note to Mr. McNally, along with a book on
       engineering principles and instructions for self first aid in case of stroke.


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