If it swims like a duck, looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must belong to the Anatidae family

Guest Post by Michael Chambers
We are six months away from Election Day. The next half year will be an interesting time for the residents of Charlestown. Never have the issues been so clearly defined and sides been so definitely drawn. Over the next few months, we can look at some of the participants.

The mission statement of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) is to give an alternative point of view on political events in Charlestown, without the name-calling and finger-pointing that has tainted political debate both here in Charlestown and across the country. It is curious that the mission is to promote a point of view rather than truthfully present the issues to Charlestown residents. Additionally, the statement refers to finger-pointing which until recently was the way the CDTC conducted business through their connection to the PC Blog.

The CDTC further states that they will present the facts, information sources, and well-researched and reasoned points of view. Presenting the facts is different than presenting opinions. Most high school students can tell the difference between the two. When a researcher presents a fact, the source is usually cited in a footnote or expounded in the rest of the text. Because the presentations are to be factual, citations and sources should be clearly identified. Also, if the information is to be well-researched, it would be no trouble for the reader to find those sources of factual information. A point of view can be the result of the accumulation of facts, but to present points of view without listing the facts, the result is just a point of view, an opinion. A review of the writings of the CDTC will show a decided lack of footnotes or identification of sources.

Naturally, the CDTC will take no credit for the PC Blog items, even though the members of the CDTC frequently use the Blog to promote their opinions and point their fingers at people who do not subscribe to their points of view. The connection between the Committee and the Blog is so striking it reminds one of the saying, “If it swims like a duck, looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must belong to the Anatidae family.”