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subject: regarding “Green ideas must take blame for deaths” (12th February)
Sir / Madam
After your publication of Miranda Devine’s opinion piece “Green ideas must take blame for deaths” (12th February) I will not be visiting your website, nor buying a copy of The Sydney Morning Herald ever again.
While I understand this was an “opinion” piece I feel it was very poor judgment by the Sydney Morning Herald Editors to publish a piece so clearly designed to stir up and promote hatred, set against such a tragic and horrible event. People are already confused, angry and saddened by what has happened. It was irresponsible and insensitive to lay claim to an such a simplistic answer on who is to blame now, and in the manner that Devine did.
“It is not arsonists who should be hanging from lamp-posts but greenies.” I cannot believe any paper would publish this at any time, let alone less than a week after what your own journalists have described as one of our country’s greatest tragedies. Devine has conveniently left out the environmental factors contributing to that day (extremely high temperatures and strong winds) and lay blame at the foot of environmentalists without any real facts to back up her argument.
While Ms Devine remains in your employment, and you still allow her to write such inflammatory and insensitive “opinion pieces” I no longer wish to have anything to do with your publication, or indeed anything to do with any of Fairfax Limited’s associated entities.