Jim Smith, San Clemente

As a longtime communications professional, I was amused by the juxtaposition of two recent letters in the Jan. 18-24 edition of the San Clemente Times about San Onofre fuel storage. One letter writer gives background on his qualifications; the other gives none. One offers facts on the design and safety record of the storage containers; the other mentions an accident that had absolutely nothing to do with storage containers. Finally, one letter writer uses clear, unambiguous language while trying to educate the reader about a complex topic. The other uses vague, emotional language like “thin” and “precarious” to threaten the reader. Given facts versus fog, let’s hope everyone had their “critical” thinking caps on when reaching a conclusion.

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