Jake Longoria’s Oct. 16 letter blaming “tree huggers” annoyed me enough to feel the need to respond to the notion that “tree huggers“ are to blame for the California wildfires and the impacts they’ve had on vulnerable American homeowners. However, upon further research, I discovered something even more troubling than Longoria’s fallacy-ridden logic, The Monitor routinely publishes his opinions on a monthly basis, at minimum.
The reason I specifically found this troubling is the fact that The Monitor is showcasing ignorant arguments at a large scale without any addendums addressing the truth (an asterisk with facts would go a long way). While it is unlikely that The Monitor means to be malicious in giving Longoria as large a platform as he now has, more troubling is the possibility that perhaps The Monitor only publishes Longoria, knowing his opinions are ridiculous,
but doing it anyways just because he guarantees responses and engagement from readers at large.
If my fear that The Monitor only publishes Mr. Longoria to manipulate their paying customers is true, The Monitor owes us all an explanation.
Anna Dorado, Pharr
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