Re: Shamos Rebuttal, Draft 3

From: Stephanie Frank Singer <sfsinger_at_campaignscientific_dot_com>
Date: Wed May 11 2005 - 07:42:38 CDT

I would like to second David's remarks. While I disagree
wholeheartedly with Shamos' assessments of VVPB's and deplore the
effect he is having in Pennsylvania (my home state), he has worked very
hard over 20+ years to try (yes, on his terms, but still!) to protect
the vote in PA.

It does our cause no good at all to impugn Shamos' belief in democracy.
  Impugning his lousy arguments, however, is crucial.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Singer

On May 10, 2005, at 11:29 PM, David Jefferson wrote:

> I know Shamos very well, and although I profoundly disagree with him
> on many important voting-related issues, I can assure you that this
> characterization of him is completely false.  He is passionate about
> democracy and the democratic process, and he does not have contempt
> for me, nor for others on our side of the issues.  He honestly
> believes (most of) what he writes, though he is not above rhetorical
> excess or the occasional phony-but-effective argument.  If you want to
> talk this way, fine.  But I suggest not putting it in archived
> email.  
>
> Also, I am worried that if you allow this attitude and to creep into
> your rebuttal, the result will backfire.  The rebuttal is important,
> but it will only be taken seriously by fairminded people if it sticks
> to the facts and avoids personal characterization.  
>
> David
>
> P.S.  In case anyone is worried, I am not a spy for Shamos.  I, too,
> want to see his paper powerfully rebutted.
>
>
>
> On May 10, 2005, at 7:57 PM, Teresa Hommel wrote:
>
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