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April 23, 2014

In Your Opinion: Attacks can't change Zagata's credentials

On April 9, The Daily Star published a letter written by Irvin Waldman wherein he advanced the need to source people giving opinions. Therein Mr. Waldman quoted an excerpt from an unknown author that appeared in the New York Times almost 18 years ago criticizing Michael D. Zagata.

I concur with Mr. Waldman that it is important to look into the background of people giving opinions. Curiously, Mr. Waldman did not indicate that he fact-checked any of the information that appeared in that long-ago written article. 

I know Mr. Zagata socially, civically and professionally. I do not need to refer to an 18-year-old article written by some unidentified writer, published in a faraway place, to vet Mr. Zagata. I can conduct my own interview and investigation and make my own assessments.

Mr. Zagata is an academic, environmentalist, public servant and civic and business leader. Personal attacks will not change or alter those impressive accomplishments. For that matter, personal attacks will only cause others to acknowledge Mr. Zagata’s accomplishments and strengthen his standing in our community. Moreover, I take pride, like others, in knowing that Mr. Zagata is a product of our community and continues to devote his time, attention, energy and skill in advancing the interests of our community.

Richard A. Harlem


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