Forget Veggie Man; "Poll" Means Little 

Thanks for the hatchet job. In your Oct. 4 issue, you serve to vilify Mark Pounders in the name of "news reporting."

Page 7 contains the tired and trite story of the Veggie Man (who incidentally does not even live in the city of Richmond) and how he has some personal animus with Pounders ("Veggie Man Pummels Pounders in Council Race," Street Talk). Who cares?

You then run a "news story" on page 11 ("'Stop Goldman,'" News & Features) discussing a poll which places Pounders well behind the other candidates. All of this "science" is then carefully wrapped together by a reference to an unnamed "some" who believe that Pounders' poor showing in the poll relates directly back to the Veggie Man fable.

I am a Pounders supporter not because of his "Draconian" stance on the Veggie Man, but because he is the only candidate who has any vested interest in the city's schools. I also live in the neighborhood where the Veggie Man chooses to sell his wares and am a resident who called the police to report the traffic hazard the Veggie Man's street-vending business was creating.

The poll reported by Style is about as unscientific as they get. One hundred and sixty-six of the 15,000 1st District voters are represented by the "poll" — a tad more than 1 percent. Hardly telling, is it?

News should be news and not editorial masked under the guise of news. Do a better job next time.

Sadiq Gill


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