Letters to the Editor


Regarding the latest in your continuing attacks on the Daily Advertiser ("Snake Oil," Feb. 9) I have to say that it was indeed quite amusing. However, reading further in your publication I noticed this quote from Jim Engster's "Political State" column: "'When anthrax needed to be cleaned up in the United States, we were the company,' Bernhard says."

Now, maybe it's just me, but shouldn't that word be asbestos (a mineral fiber used in construction) and not anthrax (an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium bacillus anthracis and potentially used by terrorists)?

I guess I should conclude by mentioning something about glass houses â?¦

Carl W. Tritschler, Lafayette

Editor's Note: It's just you. Bernhard was quoted directly and accurately in Engster's column. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, The Shaw Group was one of the firms contracted to combat the anthrax threat and sent teams of workers to Washington, D.C. Perhaps any confusion stems from The Shaw Group's reputation as an asbestos-removal specialist.

As for throwing stones at The Gannett Co.'s Daily Advertiser, the paper's dubious content and mistakes sometimes are so funny that we like to share them with our readers as a public service. (Our favorite recent one? Referring to the New Orleans Saints' head coach as "Mike" Haslett on the front page of its sport section.)