Pubdate: Wed, 20 May 2009
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2009 The Calgary Sun
Author: Harry Fisher
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


I am surprised you saw fit to publish Rick Bell's offensive op-ed on 
May 14, where he refers to Calgary users of illegal drugs as 
"street-level scum," "parasites," "dirtbags," "vermin," and "dirt." 
Does the editorial board approve of such name-calling whose only 
purpose is to stoke hatred and incite violence against your fellow 
citizens? This type of vilification has no place in a civilized 
society. Contrary to Bell's intemperate and foul comments, open 
season has not been declared on the least fortunate in society, even 
if he and you may wish for it.

Harry Fisher

(Bell was referring to the most dastardly, not the least fortunate.)
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