With all due respect to your publication, I believe that I deserve an apology or your publication needs to post its editorial bias for all to see.
The May 14 Plastics News included a letter from Jan Fersing (“Letter writer omits interesting detail,” Page 6) alleging that I intentionally misled your readers (and perhaps your editorial board) because I wrote on a matter (the bottle-deposit bill in Hawaii) that affects my business without noting in the letter text that Pacific Allied is a PET bottle manufacturer.
Please see the enclosed copy of the original letter. Our e-mail addresses show that we sell foam products and PET bottles. Further, your archive would quickly show that your publication featured Pacific Allied in an article a couple months ago that identifies exactly what we manufacture. A simple notation at the close of my letter stating: “Pacific Allied is a stretch blow molder in Hawaii” would erase any potential confusion.
The publication of the letter from Mr. Fersing could also be seen as evidence of editorial bias in favor of your historical support for bottle-deposit legislation. Thus, one could conclude that Plastics News' editorial policy is to use every opportunity possible to show that opposition to issues supported by Plastics News only comes from people with a “self-serving” interest. If this is the editorial policy, then Plastics News should post on the editorial page: “Disagree with us at your peril.”
My original letter took issue with a “cookie-cutter” approach to mandating bottle-deposit legislation everywhere without looking at the unique concerns and economics of different geographic locations. I presented clear and concise economic data (none of which has been called into question) to support the proposition that Hawaii could benefit more by burning the plastic bottles than collecting, grinding, and reprocessing them into some other product. If writers can address the logic presented, then you do a service by publishing follow-up opinions. On the other hand, when writers add nothing to the discussion and instead allege deceit, Plastics News must keep out of the matter or ensure that the publication takes responsibility for failing to fully identify letter writers.
Paul E. Smith
Pacific Allied Products Ltd.