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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 20 May 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: John Little
For : Right Of Reply (for publication)
Subj: Unfair castigation

Bruce, you are quick to criticize others who do not avail
themselves of the medium's capabilities, so I would like to
question your use of the following
unsubstantiated, sarcastic rhetorical question:

"But what else could we expect from a party that continues
to offer Maurice Williamson as their IT spokesman and
presumably, if they were elected to government, their IT
Minister? "

Such remarks are standard language from politicians, but a
commentator could provide a link to a set of criticisms, or
to a set of links to stories revealing Maurice Williamson's
performance.  I share (what I presume is) your opinion of
his performance in government, but that was a while ago.

Aardvark Responds:
Today's column was already longer than I consider
reasonable and therefor I didn't include references
to support my criticism of Maurice Williamson --
figuring that most readers will be well aware of
his prior performance (or lack thereof).

Am I being unfair in my criticism of Maurice?
Please weigh in with your own opinion.

From: Ian
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Government & IT

The government wouldn't know what IT was if it jumped up
and bit them in the backside...

Very recently, in the past two weeks, the immigration
service listed IT professionals as lacking in New Zealand.
They are actively going to bring in skilled immigrants with
IT skills to work in Wellington.

Headline in Infotech this morning "Prospects bleak for
jobless" We have seen hundreds and hundreds of layoffs in
the past six months and the goverment seems to think that
we have an IT worker shortage.

I think it is unfair to pick on Maurice W when they all
seem to suffer from the same brain dead quality. See for
yourself, the definition of "stupid." Slow to learn or
understand; obtuse. Tending to make poor decisions or
careless mistakes.

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