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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Don't shoot the messengers

Al Gore has been the catalyst for the recent debate over global warming; and Michael Moore, director of the new movie “Sicko,” is kicking up plenty of dust about the affordability and accessibility of heath care in the United States.
The problem is that these are two of the most polarizing men in America. You either love them or hate them. There’s no middle ground. As a result, people have been taking sides on the issues of global warming and health care based NOT on the realities of the problems, but on whether they like Gore and Moore. And that’s a shame.
Peel away the politics, and there’s no denying that the planet is getting warmer and that health care is inaccessible and unaffordable to far too many Americans. But so many people feel such hatred toward Gore and Moore that they’d rather ignore the problems than risk agreeing with their sworn enemies.
Perhaps Al Gore and Michael Moore are not the best spokesmen for such hot-button issues, but right now, they’re the only ones speaking up. It might behoove the American populace, especially the people who can’t stand these two men, to listen to what they have to say and try to forget who’s saying it.



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