Your daily Letter to the Columnist — Feb. 6, 2007
The day I received Morgan Griffith’s survey, I was totally shocked by the questions. (This was prior to your cogent article about same.) I immediately emailed Congressman Griffith to express my concerns and to tell him my views on the complex issues that he simplistically addressed with loaded questions.
It reminded me of an example given in a graduate research class I took about developing surveys. How a question is worded can totally direct the outcome. The example given in class follows:
1. Is it okay to smoke while praying? (Most people respond with a resounding “NO!”)
2. Is it okay to pray while smoking? (Most respondents quickly agree.)
Morgan Griffith is a total embarrassment to us all. He is Grover’s boy and coal’s lapdog. Instead of showing leadership or any conscience, Griffith cares naught for his constituents and is only in it to further his ambitions.
We have real problems in this country that need good solutions, but we can’t count on Griffith to develop any or to even vote for ones with great promise. Frankly, he is what is wrong with the House of Representatives. Worse, because of blind allegiance by uninformed crackpots, he probably will be reelected.
I realize this is harsh and I do not want to become the target of nut jobs, particularly those with guns. So, if you choose to quote from this email, please do not use my name.
PS And isn’t it sad to live in a country where one has to fear nut jobs?