Heinz funding story shows preference
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.
Advanced Drainage Systems Inc.
Heinz Kerry article was improperly timed
I have been a subscriber to Plastics News for many years, and I have enjoyed the stories. However, I am upset with the Oct. 25 issue for the front-page story about the Kerry family. I am upset that the timing is a week before the election and you are tooting their horn about all the wonderful things they have done to assist and help develop business and manufacturing.
You could have at least waited until after the election. I feel it was purposely put in the week before the election to sway the vote for this ``wonderful family that makes these donations,'' which of course are tax deductible.
The timing of this article is absolutely abominable.
Polytech Industries Inc.
St. Charles, Ill.
Front-page coverage has political agenda
I am very disappointed that you published this story that has a definite political agenda one week before the election. Your timing is quite conspicuous and the content of the story looks to be simply to sway voting in the upcoming presidential election.
Fortunately, anything you write about Teresa Heinz Kerry could not possibly overcome the negative feelings most Americans have about her. Also, you failed to point out that the money she is giving away was truly earned by a Republican!
John W. Landowski
DuPont Titanium Technologies