The Oct. 25 story “Heinz foundation funds chemical issues” by Steve Toloken is shamefully political. I am quite surprised that Plastics News published an article promoting a political party one week before an election.
If your newspaper is going into the political arena, then rename it. Don't say it is a front-page story promoting the environment.
You say she is the wife of the Democratic presidential nominee. The article goes on saying, “While it may be overstepping to draw a direct link between the activities of Heinz Kerry and the policies of a potential Kerry administration,” yes I agree, you are overstepping your politically neutral position. This is a disgrace to a newspaper serving the plastics industry.
You mention, “groups like the League of Conservation Voters (which endorsed John Kerry ).” Is that promoting an endorsement for Kerry? You talk about some of the foundations or organizations she supports. Have you researched the complete list?
Are you going to publish a story listing all of the jobs lost in Ohio and the United States through job outsourcing by the Heinz company? You stated Heinz Kerry is not involved with the Heinz Co. One question: Does she receive money from the firm?
I guess when someone writes an article sometimes one's true motives or beliefs come out. Since the election is so close, one would have to wonder why an article like this was published. Maybe CBS News would like to use it. I hope in the future you will print nonpolitical articles.
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