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From: Kathlene Miller: (e-mail her)
Stein is an entertainment/sitcom writer and wanna-be celebrity who fancies himself a humor writer. He is not a news journalist or expert on anything except celebrities. Stein`s opinions on important subjects have little substance and come across as smarmy, condescending, and shallow. Furthermore, his observations are not as humorous as he believes them to be.
I could barely get through his latest column mocking U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo on your November 27th opinion page. [Immigration Foe`s Fave Food? Mexican!" By Joel Stein, San Jose Mercury News, November 26, 2007]
Stein made no substantive points about immigration, just snarky remarks about dining and conversing with Tancredo. So what if Tancredo is anti-illegal-immigration but loves authentic Mexican food? Stein tried to make this shallow "revelation" convey a deeper point about immigration; however, he failed because he was unable to go beyond his glib generalizations to examine the facts. His article was truly dumb.
It`s bad enough that the Mercury News editorials are always pro-open-borders, but you must be getting desperate if you publish Stein`s moronic "immigration" article or any other articles by him for that matter.
Please do your few remaining readers a favor and get more intellectual fare on your opinion page before everyone cancels his subscription.
Here, on the other hand is an example of a letter the Mercury News will publish, one by Guadalupe Friaz who writes about "undocumented workers," the unfairness of "demonizing" them since they are only trying to "make a better future for their children." [Can`t Have Cake And Eat It, Too, San Jose Mercury News, Letters, November 26,2007]
No wonder the Mercury News is losing readership. The newspaper recently had to lay off staff and cut their Sunday opinion section to just two pages. [e-mail Stephen E. Wright, Vice President and Editorial Page Editor here.]