Dear Jacek,

I think spending one's formative years in a NON-totalitarian state creates a
presumption that anyone's opinion can be countered.  That is the point of
debate and open discussion.  No one on this list has any obligation to
agree with anyone else, but no one's statement cuts off anyone else's.  I
am assuming that your opposition to such an exchange is not apodictic.

I am very glad to learn you have nothing against me.  That is mutual, since
I see Marcia's point, but in fact I don't know you, and I do not think letters
are analogous to email.

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I have a feeling one or two of my recent comments (to which, by the way,
no one seems to have responded) might have made the present acrimony
more bitter than it would have otherwise been.

Needless to say, I have nothing against Nancy Gish or any other
contributor to these frequently inane exchanges.   But, having spent my
formative years in a semi-totalitarian state (Poland of the 1940s and
1950s), I have a serious problem with people who seem to be always ready
to provide a definitive reading of, or ruling on, any and all subjects
that might come up, and coach their pronouncements in apodictic terms.
Even Aristotle would hesitate sometimes, I am sure, to cut off all further
debate on the strength of one paragraph from him.

Best wishes to all,

Jacek Niecko
Washington DC