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THE LEADING SOURCE FOR PROS & CONS OF CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES
A selection of our reader comments is provided below. We posted these pro, con, and not clearly pro or con comments in the approximate ratio that we received them, which is roughly 90% positive and 10% negative.
The comments are arranged in reverse chronological order within each category. We sometimes edit comments for brevity, clarity, and spelling. We may also remove comments posted when we find better comments covering the same issues or for other good reasons. To preserve confidentiality, only the writer's first name is noted, unless he/she has waived confidentiality. Respondents are generally notified when we add their comments to this section.
"Thank you for what your organization does for people like me. Just looking for a quality website to do research & gain valuable information. Thanks again." Sarah, Nov. 1, 2016
"Critical thinking is hard, vital, and needs to be learned for self-government to endure among a people." Anonymous, Nov. 1, 2016
"I wanted to send you a note to express my complete admiration for this site. It is beautiful how it simplifies getting down to the brass tax when deciding a vote. I only wish I would have found this site months ago, as it would have saved me so much time having to sift through all the speech and political rhetoric.
This site is truly inspiring, and brings about a surprise that each state doesn't do something similar to breakdown and further assist voters is the decision making process for the rest of their ballot, such as US Senator, Congress Rep, State Senate and Rep, Justice, etc. I have been looking for something like that and thus far have been unable to locate such. I do believe that in this internet age that is something that should exist and if so would encourage a larger voting population as it would help to remove the complexities of research for the average American.
In short, brilliant site which makes me hungry for more. Bravo!" Amanda, Oct. 2, 2016
"ProCon.org has been a tremendous resource for me throughout high school, college and today. Whenever I come across an issue, historical figure or event that I am not familiar with, especially if it is controversial, I check ProCon.org to see if they have covered it. Not only are controversial issues explained with objectivity and thoroughness, but I can find out what authoritative figures have to say on the subject and read original source material for more in-depth information. ProCon.org is truly a fantastic and unique resource for those who want to hear both sides of any debate." Anastasia Austin, Aug. 1, 2016
"ProCon.org is a constructive source of information on issues facing the country today. It is even-handed and shows the divergence of opinion. This helps one to make up one's own mind about controversial issues. I thank you for this useful and NEEDED service in these times of hyper-bloviating from both sides." B. Fagin (Florida), July 29, 2016
"I am pleased to inform you all that I am supporting Procon.org financially and prayerfully. This nonprofit started modestly with the goal of organizing and sharing fair and balanced information from reliable and varied sources. Now, they are trusted and relied upon by many schools to inform their teachers and students.
Try ProCon.org yourself for relevant, timely, and broadly-based information as your "raw material" in being aware of what are really going on, in imagining real causes and effects, in being conscientious processors and purveyors of what could be most true and useful to solve problems and make choices. Yes, we all desire to be sober and deliberate sources of beneficial information! I have found and used it for years!" Felipe, July 1, 2016
"I am a long-time fan of your website. I consistently discuss views seen on your site and pride myself with being able to argue both points of a conversation from information obtained through your research." Michael (Shanghai, China), Apr. 27, 2016
"I just wanted to say that your site is outstanding. Your quiz should be required BEFORE anyone is allowed to touch a voting machine. I learned several things from taking the quiz and having to google for clarification before being able to answer some of the questions. It is frightening to me how little a whole bunch of people know that are getting ready to decide the next Prez. A devout Republican friend took the quiz and was so far into Democratic territory I thought we were going to have to call an ambulance. Keep up the great work." Todd, Mar. 26, 2016
I am absolutely blown away by your excellent and balanced pro and con without malice or bias. This is exactly what America needs and the whole world too.
Most newspapers today aren't worth putting on the bottom of a birdcage. I wish I could get you into every thinking person's home. TV news, radio news, and all other forms of media or Internet carry a built in bias and people flock to them so that they can hear their side of the argument and keep believing same old same old. We need both sides. Procon provides it beautifully." Ray Mossholder, Dec. 11, 2015
"Thank you to ProCon.org, the one and only excellent forum for helping us to be aware of prevailing arguments pro-con on significantly popular issues of our days! I encourage everyone to see how good is your organization - to savor the expansive nature of your mission to inform and help us make up our minds. I personally will continue to support your mission financially and by sharing extensively who you are and what you have been doing to serve all of us! More blessings and power to you!!
In these times of so much unreliable news and disturbing noises, how refreshing and unifying is it to see both sides of all significant issues - especially with politics and politicians muddling issues for their own selfish and divisive purposes!" Felipe Galang, Apr. 11, 2015
"Organizations such as yours are vital to the health of our democracy." Bill McClellan, Dec. 22, 2014
"Hi, I just want to say i absolutely love your website and the countless hours you have put in this website. I consider this website one of the few golden nuggets on the internet. I was in need of a topic when I stumbled upon this site and now its in my bookmark. Keep up the good work." Angus, Oct. 23, 2014
"I really enjoy reading the articles, they are very insightful!! They keep me up with current events!! And as an older student (49) I find them very helpful in writing papers for my classes!!" Sandra Castellano, July 30, 2014
"I've been using your site in regards to getting to know state by state legislation for medical marijuana. It's fantastic. Keep up the great work!" Andrea B. Goldman, CFA, Esq., July 30, 2014
"I like procon.org because it has good information on it. It is detailed and it just tells it like it is without all the name calling or distortion that others put on it. It just leaves the decisions up to the person reading it. It has no bias or agenda just the bare facts. I like how it is formatted as well; it makes it easier to read. I like how the site is set up with easy to find references for it. It is very easy to navigate as well." Laura, July 18, 2014
"I have been aware of ProCon for a number of years. It is so good to rely on unbiased information offered relevant to important issues of the day. We need MORE expansion of ProCon!" Burton Danet, PhD., Rejuvenated Facilitator, Clinical Psychologist (retired), Founder, The ABC4All Legacy, July 18, 2014
"More fact-based public discourse is vital to our democracy and ProCon.org is helping to lead the way." Vance Peterson, July 1, 2014
"I have greatly enjoyed casually reading this website. It has certainly changed my opinion on several topics and forced me to consider both sides. For this I'd like to say thank you to this website." Brandon, Mar. 14, 2014
"Oh my goodness, I didn't know you all existed! I worked at the RAND Corporation and I thought that was the only place that could objectively analyze and present different perspectives of sensitive issues." Lynne Wainfan, PhD, Professor at California State University at Long Beach, Feb. 20, 2014
"ProCon.org provides an informative view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one of the world's longest standing conflicts. The site objectively exposes the massive variations of opinion, narrative and fact, to give your readers the best 'big picture' understanding of the conflict and its potential solutions." Michael Weiss, author of The Bomb on the Rock and former IDF spokesman, Feb. 4, 2014
"Thank you for your informative facts on the 'Obamacare/Health Care Laws'. There is so much dis-information out there, why can't the true facts be published for all to read." John, Oct. 12, 2013
"ProCon.org is remarkably transparent." Sylia Obagi, MBA, COO of The Annenberg Foundation, Sep. 18, 2013
"The ProCon.org website is incredible. I have read parts of it again and again, yet there is so much more to read and learn. I am thankful that your site shows views from both sides. In reading information from your site, this old man kind of feels like a kid in a candy store." Louis Goins, Aug. 9, 2013
"ProCon.org is certainly doing more than its share of combatting the world's biggest problem, a lack of honest education!" Steve Sparks, July 31, 2013
"I work in the contentious field of church and state, which features many battles with strong arguments on both sides. I have found ProCon.org to be a great resource, with strong research and timely issues. I especially appreciate the links to relevant material. I find myself using ProCon.org so regularly, that I have added the site to my bookmarks on my computer." Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law & Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, June 19, 2013
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"Your website has been enormously helpful in teaching my sixth grade students the art of argumentative writing. Once they view your videos, it is as if an enormous light bulb turns on in their brains, and the writing becomes a doable goal." Linda Cokley, Teacher at Pikeville Elementary School, Feb. 18, 2013
"I first came across Procon.org while writing an argument paper for freshman English about the legalization of marijuana back at Moberly Area Community College. I got an 'A' on that paper and some very complimentary remarks from my professor about the quality and even handedness of my research. I've used it several times since in my college career and I am always able to quickly find the relevant issues from both sides of a question. Even more importantly it gives me a reliable starting point from which to seek additional information about a topic and pertinent opinions from knowledgeable sources. Reading the arguments presented on the site has helped me to improve my writing skills and style as well. I'm sure this site will continue to be a valuable learning and teaching tool. Thank you to all who make this possible, you are doing a tremendous service for humanity." Jim, Dec. 22, 2012
"I am in the process of completing my Bachelors of Science Management at University of Phoenix online full-time. ProCon.org has been monumental in helping me to understand and provide credible resources to support my opinions, points of views, suggestions, and statements in completing my assignments. Additionally, ProCon.org has been a major influence in my direction on critical thinking, and my research relating facts and theories to my philosophy assignments as well. I will support ProCon.org as best as I can, with a promise in the near future with a humble donation. I want to thank ProCon.org. and am hoping for its continued existence." Jane Brown, Dec. 10, 2012
"Thank you some very much for the quiz. Thank you so much for the 'quotes' on the candidates. This indeed helped me to understood their views and how I align. God bless this organization." Sheila, Nov. 3, 2012
"I'm 20 years old and I am a new voter in the state of Delaware. With the information that I have gathered from your website, I am able to understand the pros and cons about the candidates that are runnging in this up coming election. I was never really big on politics but, reading the information I can decide wether or not I want to be (D) or (R), I have always been undecided and now i can really put a stand, an vote for the canadidate that matters in our Government White House. Thank you for the Information that has been put up and gathered to help me make a voice for myself." Veronica, Oct. 31, 2012
"Thank you... for this [State Felon Voting Laws] and all the work you all do at ProCon.org. It is much valued and appreciated. I use and rely on your site as a resource often for information on other states’ voting rights policies…It is the most helpful."
Candice Reid, Assistant Director, Rights Restoration, Secretary of the Commonwealth (State of Virginia), Apr. 13, 2012
"I just wanted to thank you for having such a great website with much needed information that is needed to be addressed. I am writing a paper about standardized testing and being able to access all of your articles and even have the presidential candidates view on this debate was amazing. I learned so much about how ineffective and destructive standardized testing has become. I would know because I was a FCAT victim who had a 4.0 GPA in Middle School and a 3.5 GPA in high school and failed the test at least once or twice. Goes to show you how effective testing really is ehh?" Pamela, Mar. 23, 2012
"I donated to ProCon.org because in this world of noise, where lying, bullying and shouting are celebrated, where critical thinking and intellectual curiosity are discouraged, where facts are twisted or disregarded altogether and where people are dissuaded from intelligent discourse, ProCon cuts to the heart of every issue without bias and thereby encourages the critical thinking that is so very necessary but too seldom practiced. We have forgotten how to reason and to evaluate and communicate ideas effectively, and I believe you perform a valuable service to help correct that deficiency. If schools and government agencies are using ProCon.org as a source, this is a step in the right direction." Shawn, Dec. 20, 2011
"ProCon.org is THE best resource for political information and analysis. Before you read the Washington Post or turn on Fox News, go to ProCon.org. Every conservative policy wonk should donate to Procon.Org, a 501(c)3. We need to strengthen resources that are committed to truth and no nonsense presentation of facts. ProCon.org is one of those resources!" Ken McClenton, host of The Exceptional Conservative on American Conservative Nation radio, Nov. 28, 2011
"Your work is not merely excellent, it is very valuable. Keep the bar high! Thank you for your service to our nation." David Phoenix, Educational Therapist, Learning Specialist and Professor of Education at Pierce College
"We live in a world of hyper-partisanship in which polite dialogue has become a distant memory. But that need not be our permanent condition. At the forefront of the battle to reintroduce reason and thoughtful analysis into our national debate about the future of our country stands ProCon.org. By fairly presenting opposing viewpoints on critical issues ProCon.org creates an atmosphere of mutual respect that allows for a real exchange of ideas -- and the exploration of viable solutions to our most pressing problems. ProCon.org is the place to go to understand today’s most controversial issues." Jeff Schweitzer, PhD, former science adviser to the White House, and author of Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World, Nov. 5, 2011
"You asked about my reaction to the Pro-Con.org site and to the subsite on medical marijuana. I find them both to be excellent - clear and easy to use, with a wealth of pro/con material to ponder over. I intend to return often to the site as issues present themselves to me and my clients." Gary Carr, Rising Moon Marketing & Public Relations, July 26, 2011
"I am convinced that you are trying to be objective in a field of inquiry that has largely forgotten the meaning of the term. You (procon.org) have made far more effort than any others have for this sort of thing--you put Education Week, the Center for Public Education, and other organizations only interested in superficial celebrity opinion to shame." Dr. Richard P. Phelps, testing scholar and educational statistician, July 1, 2011
"I was doing an 'argument paper' for my 'critical thinking' class. Our professor told us that we needed to list both pros and cons related to our topic. I simply Googled something about 'pros cons of ...' and your website as one that came up and it seemed to provide me with the best verifiable information. I assume that in the future I will be submitting a couple more questions/ concerns - (unless I find that someone else has already done so). In a word, I think ProCon.org is 'AWESOME!' It includes a wealth of information covering both perspectives of some of the most controversial topics. I finished my paper for school [Editor’s note: She received an "A”], but... I still enjoy going to the site just to read about the different views and the reasoning behind them." Sharon, May 6, 2011
"I marked your website on my favorites list. Your ongoing efforts to promote critical thinking are of much value. It only takes a few minutes listening to talk radio to realize just how impressionable people can be. Instead of doing their own reasoning, they would rather push a button for an app or follow some leader who thinks for them. Keep up the good work!" Diana, Mar. 17, 2011
"I just wanted to leave a comment that your website is a fantastic find for any educator wanting great sources all in one place. Not only is the content great, but all the features you offer make life for teachers, librarians and students much easier. Keep up the good work!" Katilyn, Mar. 9, 2011
"In my research I found procon.org to be the single best free web resource for teachers, like myself, to help students understand multiple perspectives on controversial issues. I appreciate the work you and your staff do to provide this outstanding resource to educators, students, and the general public." Ben Bohmfalk, Social Studies Teacher, Roaring Fork High School (Carbondale, CO), Feb. 3, 2011
"Excellent site. The issues are very well laid out and I think will be considered very fair by all involved. As a retired teacher, I know this is a very current and very emotional issue." Judith, Jan. 13, 2011
"Procon.org has developed a web-page wherein present-day issues are clearly displayed and condensed, so as to show both sides of a given argument. Pages are free from bias; no political or likewise affiliation can be seen. It is, in essence, fair. Fair to us viewers, who are searching for information and longing to assimilate the facts required to formulate our own opinions. I would like to speak on behalf of the many individuals in my immediate family who make usage of Procon.org in extending a huge thank-you for your initiative to turn present-day society into a well-informed, intelligent population." Nicholas, MA, English Professor, Dec. 6, 2010
"I found [ProCon.org] to be excellent and decided to explore the rest of the site and was very impressed with the unbiased ways information was present for, well pros and cons of relevant issues...
Many times people complain and fear what they do not know the root and the truth of. Unfortunately, media-through movies and books, etc. plays into that fear and is a leading cause for misguided decisions and prejudice in today's world. Thank you for being part of the solution to combat ignorance with history based fact so that, when people are educated to the truth of reality, they have no other excuse to turn to but their individual morals." Nicki, Dec. 2, 2010
"I thought I did a good job of staying educated on the controversial issues facing America until I came across ProCon.org. Not only was I unaware of many of the obstacles that our Nation faces, I also found out that my opinions were biased based on mainstream media reports. ProCon.org has opened my eyes to the pros and cons of America's most pressing issues and I will never again see things the same." Anthony, Washington, DC, Nov. 24, 2010
"I have always had a keen interest in fair public policy, and to the extent that ProCon.org helps to create an accurate and fair understanding of many issues, it makes me proud to be a supporter.” Michael Klein, investment banker and former part-owner of the San Diego Chargers, Nov. 2, 2010
"I'm glad to learn of ProCon. It clearly provides balanced and impartial information on controversial issues of public importance." David Hanson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, State University of New York at Potsdam, Oct. 22, 2010
"I found your website by chance. My daughter needed a controversial topic for her college speech class so I googled 'controversial topics' and your website was in the first 5 or so that came up. I LOVE your site - I am amazed at the amount of information to be found under each topic, organized by the Pro and the Con sides of the argument. Very nicely done! Thanks again!" Deena, Oct. 22, 2010
"There may be no more critical initiative than building our national (and international) capacity for civil discourse. I am so grateful that an organization like procon.org exists, as a platform for airing intelligent, divergent points of view. Beyond the importance of its explicit mission, which it is accomplishing very well, procon.org serves as a model that associations, corporations, and organizations of all kinds can use to air, consider, and debate their own internal issues. America is built on a unique network of voluntary membership organizations, representing every interest, profession, trade, avocation, and business in the country, and these associations can only be truly effective if they continue to master the art of harnessing and representing collective majority opinion - and that can only be done through rationale debate. Bravo to procon.org for reminding us of how it’s done." Elissa Myers, CAE, President of Advice & Consensus, Oct. 19, 2010
"I found the site [Health Care Reform ProCon.org] very interesting and informative." Robert I. Field, JD, PhD, Professor of Law and Professor of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University, Oct. 8, 2010
"I love your website. It was a very good information source when I needed a controversal topic to speak about in school." Yehuda, Sep. 27, 2010
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"Your website is sure challenging for you, but a great, and much needed idea, and could be a real force in shaping intelligent policies - I wish you well, and will donate... Thanks again for your efforts, it is a great cause!!" Tom, Sep. 23, 2010
"I love your comprehensive delivery of information on federal healthcare reform. Thank you for taking such an unbiased approach to educating the public." Jaleh, Sep. 4, 2010
"ProCon.org is a great site for unbiased information. Allowing my listeners to form their own opinions is important. That is why I enjoy interviewing the people of ProCon.org on my program. They are the best at describing both sides of a debate." Peter Dunn, Fox News Radio Indianapolis, Aug. 17, 2010
"ProCon.org prides itself at providing a level and unbiased perspective of both sides of an issue. They address some of today’s most pressing and controversial discussions with intelligence and respect these issues deserve. It is refreshing in today’s toxic environment of partisan politics and short sound bites to have a subject covered in such detail. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting several of the employees of ProCon.org and they are as intelligent and introspective as their site suggests. I strongly recommend ProCon.org for your consideration." Michael Wermers, Torrance Unified School District Board Member, Aug. 11, 2010
"I appreciate what you are trying to do with ProCon and want to see it grow as a trusted source of information. Most of the issues we face are not nearly as cut and dry as the media, politicians, and talking heads would have us believe. Websites such as yours and factcheck.org serve a valuable place in the market place of ideas for those of us trying to sort out issues. The amount of information and misinformation available to us today is staggering, sorting through all this and coming to an informed position is a challenge and your website is a help. It is important that the public has trusted nonpartisan resources available which can help us understand some of these issues and weigh the possible courses of action." Julia Pfaff, Alexandria, VA, July 30, 2010
"I think the website is an outstanding resource for researchers and everyday thinkers. I am in agreement with the saying that an educated world is a better world, and part of playing into that equation is looking at all sides of any story. ProCon.org is a great stepping stone and resource for anyone trying to grasp many of the controversial topics that are discussed in the media.
Keep up the good work! I'm such a fan." Antonette, July 22, 2010
"Although I am a psychologist, I have additional post graduate degrees in Healthcare policy and clinical psychopharmacology. When I saw your site I was really impressed not only for the content but for the idea of wanting issues to be seen from both sides. Unlike cable 'news' that shows two sides simply to demonstrate 'fairness' in politics -- but really doesn't -- policy issues really do need be discussed from all perspectives. So I applaud your effort. And will be placing a story in our newsletter about the site." John Caccavale, PhD, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP), July 16, 2010
"ProCon.org is an incredibly practical and effective web site for teaching and learning. The well-researched pro/con issues provide much non-biased information for students and staff researching contemporary topics. The topic selections are worthwhile and of much value for research papers, class discussions and debates. I recommended this web site while teaching grad courses at Pratt Institute’s SILS (School of Information & Library Science).
The ProCon.org web site is a unique resource that will enhance critical thinking and student inquiry through analysis of issues." Harriet Selverstone, Past President American Association of School Librarians, July 15, 2010
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"One of our students found the ProCon page while researching a current, controversial topic. She brought it to my attention. I think it's terrific -- very useful for our history department's culminating project of researching all points of view on a current issue and then tracing that issue's journey to the present through a review of themes studied in world and U.S. history." Rosemary Grotta, Library Media Teacher, Oak Ridge High School, May 18, 2010
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"I found your site [Drinking Age ProCon.org] extremely helpful and accurate. I love the way it is organized and I would love to see more issues. Thanks so much for the site!" Andrea Donahue, science teacher, Apr. 5, 2010
"Great site [Health Care ProCon.org]. Keep up the excellent job." Roger, Mar. 23, 2010
"This [Medical Marijuana ProCon.org] site is fantastic. It would be interesting to allow people to vote on some of these issues. I'd also be interested to know if a there were 'updates' or 'new arguments' introduced on either side of a debate." Jonathan, Mar. 15, 2010
"Excellent website. I'm building more activities into my classes using ProCon.org." James C. Funk, Esq., Professor of Business Technologies, Marion Technical College, Mar. 15, 2010
"I have shared your site with social studies and other teachers. You do a great service for us." Harriet Baker, Language Arts Department Chair, Riverwood Middle School, Mar. 12, 2010
"We require our 8th graders to be involved in a culminating project. It involves looking at a controversial topic, researching different sides of the issues, and completing a 4 - 6 page paper, Power Point, visual representing their topic and lastly, an 8 - 12 minute speech in front of community members. Your site has been invaluable to this year's 8th graders!" Sue Snodgrass, teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas School, Mar. 12, 2010
"I am currently doing an essay which my topic is 'Why can't felons vote? When does the punishment end?' I came across your site [Felon Voting ProCon.org] and found it to be quite interesting and informing." Janet, Mar. 8, 2010
"Thank you so much for the information you supplied me with! I would have been lost on my report without it." Matt, Mar. 6, 2010
"I used the topic [Drinking Age ProCon.org] to create a rebuttal essay for my Comp II class. The background knowledge and different opinions really helped me develop my own opinion on the matter and create a quality essay." Ted, Feb. 24, 2010
"Thanks for a well organized and written site [Medical Marijuana ProCon.org]. I am writing a paper on the legalization subject and your site will be very useful." Gary, Feb. 14, 2010
"I recently heard your organization on NPR as a supporter, and want to say thank you. I just found your website and feel compelled to say what a wonderful service you are providing to people who truly want to know the honest facts regarding issues that are being discussed. Thank you and please keep up the great work!" Bridgette, Feb. 8, 2010
"I just found your web while doing some research on pros and cons on controversial topics. I wanted to thank you for the great information." Linda, Jan. 20, 2010
"I like the way the presentation [Drinking Age ProCon.org] was presented because it gave me a view of both ways. I was biased but I am now more understanding to lowering the drinking age." Arianna, Dec. 14, 2009
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"Excellent presentation of this very complicated subject [Social Security] - keep up the good work!" Kim, Dec. 1, 2009
"I found your site on pro/cons on drinking age to be the most helpful site I've found!" Stefanie, Nov. 21, 2009
"Excellent job laying out the issues, both sides of the issue, and providing more information should one decide to delve deeper into a fact or opinion. More ‘Americans' should be knowledgeable about both sides of this topic [Right to Health Care] and approach it with an open mind to understand the valid points that are raised by pro and con sides... Keep up the good work and start to advertise more as I learned of your website by your sponsorship of NPR radio. Thank you." Jordan, Nov. 12, 2009
"I love your website. I make reference to it all the time, especially when discussing hot topics on which I have a strong opinion. You should ‘publicize' this site more on news webpages, with CNN, Fox, etc... Please please please remain balanced. I don't detect any political leanings right now and I hope you keep it that way!" Maureen, Nov. 12, 2009
"If there was one word to describe ProCon.org, it would be 'Enlightenment.' Your website has and continues to provide valuable information on important issues." Abe, Nov. 12, 2009
"Excellent website. I plan to introduce it to my kids' middle school next week as part of a special healthcare talk I am giving as a guest lecturer. How do you pick your topics to research and feature on the website? You might consider looking at bills (or bills being considered) in Congress to discuss with enough advanced notice that people can email or call their representative/senator to express their now informed opinion due to a better understanding of the issues from your website. Thank you." Jordan, Nov. 12, 2009
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"[ProCon.org] is the best concentration of facts that I've been able to find on these subjects. Thank you for the enormous effort it must have taken. Your effort to put 'balance' into internet research is what sets you apart from, and above, the rest of the crowd. I thank you profusely (and do feel free to use that quote)." Randy Frazier, motivational speaker and Arkansas park ranger, Mar. 15, 2007
"I love the site [Israeli-Palestinian Conflict ProCon.org]. It helped me make an 'A' on my history project. Thanks, keep up the good work!!!!!!!!" Jasmine, Mar. 1, 2007
"I can't tell you [how] much this site [Euthanasia ProCon.org] has helped me. This was a wonderful idea, everything you would need to know is ALL right here. GREAT JOB!" Nancy, Feb. 4, 2007
"I trust you guys as reliable sources. Please do a site on the next presidential election to help me decide, I would use any information you post. I found you when researching medical marijuana. You were one of my best resources, and after that project I showed it to my teacher. She really likes your website, so we decided to recommend you as a source for debate class. My favorite topic you have is Medical Marijuana, followed by ACLU and Under God.
One other suggestion I have is over the death penalty. We debated it at school, and it's a tough issue. I feel that most people support it, but don't know much about it. The more people think about it, the more they think it's not a good idea. Perhaps your site could help educate people and show them the facts.
Also, Intelligent Design could be a topic.
Thank you for responding, I appreciate it immensely. Even though the next Presidential Election doesn't fit your style, consider having a separate website for it that branches off of ProCon.org." Neal (Richmond, IN), Feb. 1, 2007
"Become your own devil's advocate with a little help from a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that presents contentious social issues in a classic pro-con format. Aptly titled ProCon.org presents facts, news, expert and government perspectives on issues as far-ranging as whether sexual preference is nature of nurture, whether medical use of marijuana should be allowed and the practicality of nuclear power. To make sure there are no charlatans opining on the site, ProCon.org devised 'theoretical credibility rankings' for a range of sources for which, of course, it lists the pros and cons." Beth Zimmerman, Founder of Cerebellas business consulting firm, in the company's Jan. 2007 newsletter
"You're doing a great job on your Website. I think ProCon.org is great for students writing a report or people who can't decide on a certain issue. I love how ProCon.org is unbiased and provides readers with both sides instead of just one. You also cited your sources, ensuring readers that your site is credible so keep up the great work! I hope more procon websites are coming soon." Jessica, Jan. 30, 2007
"I found this site [Under God ProCon.org] while researching the background of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was great to have a site where both sides are shown so I am provided with actual information instead of someone's opinion. Thank you so much for this site!" Catie, Jan. 25, 2007
"I think what Procon does is fantastic, I really do and I think what I really liked since I first found out about it was the public education angle that it has - mainly because informative/educational work is my main focus when it comes to writing my articles and producing the radio program: to show people all sides of the story and let them decide what they think instead of telling them 'how' to read the story. I think procon does just that which is simply great!" Yasaman Azarpajouh, Canadian Television Inc., Jan. 17, 2007
"This is an excellent site! I am deeply interested in controversial issues and this site surely takes the cake in providing invaluable information for argument's sake!" Brandon, Jan. 16, 2007
"I was very impressed with the concept of a blank sheet of paper with the pros and cons listed side by side. I once saved my marriage 25 years ago with just such a system...and use it on other important matters. Sometimes it is not the balance in the Pro or Con columns that decide the fate of the decision making process, but rather the quality of the answers and their value in outcomes." Mary, Jan. 14, 2007
"You have assembled a very helpful resource. Well done. I am glad to be affiliated with this site." [in reference to Euthanasia ProCon.org] Joshua Perry, Assistant Professor, The Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Jan. 11, 2007
"This [Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org] is a very valuable site, in my opinion. I have lived in Israel-Palestine for 7-1/2 years as an American volunteer and am convinced that an integrated, objective narrative of 'what happened' historically in this Land (and 'why')is simply not possible. There are too many overlays of tribalism, mythology and selective memory. So, this kind of side-by-side analysis is perhaps the next best thing. Thanks for making it available." Tom, Dec. 19, 2006
"I enjoy this website. I recommend this to friends so that they can see both sides of an issue from the center." Dave, Dec. 6, 2006
"I DO like to read your site. Any time reasonable people share their views without a bias being shown by the writers, it is good for everyone. Personal situations do help to place the pro-con questions in a brighter light. Thank you for the site!" Gladys, Nov. 15, 2006
"Well I think this [US-Iraq ProCon.org] is a great site. I've found out a lot of answers to my questions that no one else knew [...] just keep up the great work.... thanks." Kelly, Oct. 31, 2006
"Very much appreciate your attempt to present arguments from both sides of this question - although I strongly suspect that is a gross oversimplification...." M. Henri, Oct. 14, 2006
"Thank you for your intellectual honesty and clarity. This site [Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org] should be advertised on more traditional media so that curious members of the general public can learn. Traditional forms of news and information have let the public down by substituting salaciousness and 'infotainment' for facts and reasoned discourse." Ralph, Aug. 6, 2006
"This [Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org] has been the most informative site I have found yet on the middle east history, conflicts and maps. With interest of the conflict going on now and lack of the history knowledge, I was looking for some good maps of the area (close up enough to areas to see) and where, when and how this all started. I found just what I needed right here. It helps me understand and as a mother I can now help my kids increase their knowledge and follow what is at hand. Thank you so much this is a GREAT site!" Cindy, July 23, 2006
"I love your simple, precise rendition of history. It's better than going to school!" Rose, July 14, 2006
"If the world would start looking at things like this pro/con way maybe people would learn to respect each others differences a little bit more." Hazystrains, July 1, 2006
"I am writing a paper for my senior government class. My topic is religious implications in the pledge and/or motto. I would like to thank you for creating this site. It has been an abundant help. Your unbiased representation and distribution of facts is informative and appreciated. Thank You." Ariana, Apr. 17, 2006
"I spent over an hour reviewing your site [Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org] looking for a bias and found none. While many may see and judge this site through a polarized view point, I found it to be a very good source of balanced information, thank you for the good work. I would recommend this to everyone who wants to get deeper than the headlines and in to a very complex history and circumstances. I pray for a peaceful resolution for everyone caught in this conflict." Justin, Apr. 13, 2006
"I wasn't sure if this site was truly balanced (seemed a little right leaning with the sources) but when so many complain that it is leftist then I may consider you balanced. Or maybe I am radical left. ACLU holds our bigoted nation accountable to our higher ideals. Thank Goddess!" Anonymous, Mar. 27, 2006
"I really think that ProCon.org is extremely useful because it helped me find information for an English paper I am trying to do. Thank you procon.org." Michelle, Mar. 14, 2006
"I would just like to let you know how much of a help your website has been to me! I have to participate in a debate at school, and when I was researching my topic, I came across your website. I haven't needed to go to a single other website! Thank you so much for an informative, organized webpage---you guys are awesome!" Rachel, Mar. 6, 2006
"So glad to have found your site (referred by a friend). Tremendously informative and helpful - had a great discussion with my significant other (gentile) - while I am Jewish - about Israel-Palestine - and did not get to fisticuffs! Also - great to inform my teenage children. And to keep my own head straight! Thank you." Olga, Feb. 19, 2006
"I like your site very much. We are bombarded with info, often biased. It is so good to have a clear, fair presentation of the issues and facts. This is a wonderful resource. Thanks so much. I am forwarding to friends and family." Hassie, Jan. 24, 2006
"You do a marvelous job on all sites I've visited. Keep up the good work. Civil remedies for uncivil wrongs are the pathways for a future of peace. Without justice, there can only be violence. Theocracy is Treason. Hell threats are not made ok with heaven bribes." Larry, Jan. 24, 2006
"Considering that the United States is suffering from a divide in opinion in many areas, a site like this seems to be mandatory in bringing different (and sometimes almost combative) points of view together to have a forum to discuss differences in a rational manner, and perhaps find points of commonality that one may not find using other avenues. The website is very well laid-out, was very easy to navigate, and the purpose, methodology and the financial information provided added legitimacy and professionalism to your organization. The staff and the webmaster should be commended for this!" Rudolph, Jan. 12, 2006
"I am on the debate team at school and your website has been the best resource for my last two debates. (Which regarded the Pledge and the Iraqi War.) Thank You!!!" Brittany, Jan. 4, 2006
"I have said so often that a perfect teacher will give no clue to a student as to his personal beliefs. ProCon.org qualifies as one such teacher." Bart, Nov. 12, 2005
"This is an informative website and gives both sides so the reader can decide for themselves that the ACLU is not for equal rights at all." Brenda, Oct. 22, 2005
"This is possibly the best site on the gay debate I've ever come across. I am to enter a meting with Church Leaders discussing this issue over the following three days, and what a brilliant find this was." Andries, Oct. 17, 2005
"I want to thank you so much for all the research you and your people have put into answering my inquiry - I am touched and impressed - I don't find that in most organizations or businesses today." Jane, Sep. 24, 2005
"This site forces me to consider both/all sides of an argument without trying to promote my own perspective. It's a little like writing with my left hand in that it doesn't feel natural but won't hurt me." Julie, Sep.19, 2005
"I have just discovered your website, and I want congratulate you on it. It certainly goes a little way in restoring the world's confidence in a crazy nation led by a madman." Ted, Aug. 10, 2005
"Hey man keep up the good work discussing controversial issues in an objective fashion -- its all about the facts." T-Bone, July 21, 2005
"Thank you for your e-mail. I was already familiar with your web site [Isreali-Palestinian Conflict ProCon.org] and admire the excellent work you've done in creating a good impartial resource." Clifford A. Wright, MA, former Staff Fellow at the Institute of Arab Studies, July 18, 2005
"Just came across your site [Isreali-Palestinian Conflict ProCon.org] and really appreciate your objectives and the resulting efforts you've compiled. The format the information is provided in is great as well in my opinion... It is encouraging to see people putting so much effort into presenting factual and unbiased information on such important issues. That you're not doing it for profit makes it all the more appreciated." Jon, June 25, 2005
"...[T]hank you too for making your web site's resources available to the public. Yours is a valuable public service, and I commend you for it." Daniel, June 5, 2005
"I had to do a critical thinking project. What I decided to do it on was go to local places, ask children if they knew the pledge, and then ask the parents if they cared if 'god' was in the pledge or not. I also then had to write a five page paper. Thank you SOOO much for your information. Your site helped me a LOT. I really hope I get a good grade. My professor liked the idea, so I hope she likes the project! so, thanks again!" Carolyn, May 4, 2005
"I think this [ProCon.org] is a good idea, and the site is performing a valuable service. Informed (and, as far as possible, dispassionate) discussion is essential. The problem is, of course, that in trying to be even-handed you are virtually saying that, whatever the issue, either pro or con could be OK. If this is the only info people have on such issues they may well be persuaded anew to the bias, or prejudice, with which they began." Allan, May 3, 2005
"I would just like to tell you what an informative, professional and just plain neat website you all have. I'm 47, part-time student, part-time electrician. I have been enquiring about employment with contractors in Iraq. So, the information you provide here is just amazing to me. It has helped me to gain a broader perspective of the Iraqi situation." Gerald, Apr. 22, 2005
"'Promoting informed citizenship.' I think the first phrase of your goal statement best describes what you do on this website. I love it; keep it up." Jim Thigpen, Apr. 13, 2005
[Jim won the ProCon.org slogan contest with this contribution. He received a $100 check and our deepest gratitude for his idea. Thanks Jim!]
"I like this site because it has been very helpful in my research for a school project." Emily, Apr. 2, 2005
"I'm compelled to write and thank you for your work on the Palestine/Israel issue. I've been researching both sides of the conflict myself and I can't tell you how refreshing it is to find the history and issues presented, stripped of the rarely avoided emotion and emotional language." Wayne, Mar. 24, 2005
"ProCon is superb! Congratulations to you and everyone in your organization for providing such a great service." Patricia, Jan. 18, 2005
"Here's the problem with your premise: there isn't a pro or a con to myriad issues. What's the 'pro,' for example, of raping children? What's the 'con,' for example, of arithmetic?
I find your dichotomous approach to be part of the today's problem where there is some sort of notion that everything is up for discussion and that all opinions should be head. Some shouldn't. I would posit that yours shouldn't...
For goodness' sakes, you seem to be well-meaning: open up your eyes and your ears. Get off this notion that there are always two sides. That's nonsense..." Bix, May 3, 2015
"ProCon is not doing their job vetting sources or even reporting on the backgrounds of the 'experts' they cite [on Climate Change ProCon.org]. ProCon has managed to muddy the waters and sully its reputation with this FOX-esque 'fair and balanced' approach to this vitally important issue. SHAME!" John Varner, Apr. 12, 2015
"I recently heard your promotional spots on NPR, and was excited to check out the procon.org website. I am sorely disappointed. By using statements by TV personalities, Sarah Palin and congressional representatives who lack specific expertise, this makes a mockery of critical thinking." Karen, Dec. 1, 2014
"I heard about procon.org on the radio. I had hoped that the pros and cons would have been factual pros and cons but instead they are quotes from politicians and others and the reader of procon.org still doesn't know what part of the quote is correct and what part is incorrect and how facts may be distorted. I was very disappointed in the site... doesn't help the reader understand the true facts about an issue." Robert, Nov. 18, 2013
"I understand your policy of attempting to remain neutral on issues. However, as implemented, the material on climatechange.procon.org seems to have limited use beyond other material on the internet. I have read the page http://climatechange.procon.org/credibility-ranking.php in which credibility ranking is described. However, the climate change page contains no indications as to credibility ranking of the pro/con entries or the other prose sections. If the intent of your site is to enlighten a reader who has no special knowledge of climate change, presenting opinions from both sides without some indication of the credibility of the entry is not useful." Ed Silha, Mar. 8, 2012
"...[T]he most inaccurate political blog on the web. Also extremely biased." John, Oct. 4, 2012
"I don't think you are 'non-partisan' and I HOPE you folks don't REALLY believe that bulls**t.
Giving right-wing ideologues a voice and calling some of their unconstitutional activities 'controversial' is akin to saying, as the paper read in Harry Potter, 'Dumbledore: Daft or Dangerous?'
The ideas presented only give hate-groups legitimacy.
This is a hideous reich-wing site that would never come within a mile of MY classroom." Jeff, July 5, 2012
"The information was lacking... All of the info was spoon fed to them [my students]. I showed my students what a bad website is. I told them that if there were any websites like this, then they shouldn't use them." Trisha, May 3, 2012
"I think this web site [Medical Marijuana ProCon.org] is a great idea, but to be fair I think it is one sided. If you truly want to tell the pros and cons give facts and opinions from people who believe strongly on both sides of an issue. Not someone who is against it giving both sides of the story. That just isn't telling the whole truth." Tim, Mar. 23, 2011
"Was excited HEARING about your [Abortion ProCon.org] site. Disappointed in implementation and your bias. Picked abortion because it is the most controversial and the easiest to see bias in, not because I am a religious nut. Example #1: Under projects you have abortion rights but no list of adoption options. This indicates your staff only cares about researching one side of the issue. Example #2: Unequal comparison is the most egregious insidious of all bias and is frequently used by our yellow journalistic press. You compared male, phd, senior lecturer, english against female textbook writer for American University. Could you not find any more prestigous person on the con side? The pros was also heavily influenced by religion and opinion instead of logic or science. A more fair way to do this would be to send pros and cons to major advocates of both positions and let them debate the pro/con list back and forth until both parties refined their arguments instead of having a biased education person research both sides. Using words of unequal emotional context or unequal comparison is the easiest way to spot bias without even looking at the specific argument. Perhaps you should turn this into a newspaper site." David, Jan. 20, 2011
"Odd, you don't mention that the border fence could be constructed for a cost less than a year in Iraq. Or, the contribution to our crime rates by illegals. Or, the fact that illegal immigration is a tool of the Marxist ideologues in this country. I could go on. The point is: you have a watered down leftist web site." Jamie, July 2, 2010
"Your first question ['Should all Americans have the right (be entitled) to health care?'] is bogus. All Americans already have the ‘Right' to health care and health care insurance - they just have to pay for it. Here is a thought, buy health insurance before you decide to take that trip to Disney World! Read the Constitution and tell me where people who carry heath insurance have more rights than people who do not have health insurance. Anyone (citizen, illegal immigrant, or foreigner) can walk into any Emergency Room in this country and get treatment whether they have health insurance or not… No, do not develop any more sites as you cannot conduct an unbiased poll." Paula, Feb. 25, 2010
"You guys have a lot of nerve saying you are non-partisan. You come down firmly and clearly on the right of every issue I have read. You have a great idea here but I could never recommend you to serious people." Matt, Dec. 2, 2009
"Your site [Medical Marijuana ProCon.org] is somewhat informative but otherwise worthless. Why don't you investigate, find the truth, and then get behind the pro pot campaign?... I realize you're middle of the road, sitting on the fence, position. That's cool. But in a way all you do is feed the ignorant and starve the informed. I smoke pot for pain so I, like thousands of others, really don't get much out of your site. On the other hand, those that are ignorant and narrow minded are fed doubt of validation regarding pot. That's not cool." Ron, Sep. 14, 2009
"By the addition of ACLU to the website name [ACLU.ProCon.org], that already shows that you cannot; and, ideologically incapable of entertaining an opposing view. Your ideology is far leftist arrogant social engineering. How can you have both sides (pro/con) when your very statements tell all that you think of your opposition as bumbling idiots that can barely walk and think at the same time..." David, Aug. 16, 2008
"This whole site is definitely NOT UNBIASED. You are a sneaky, 'come in the backdoor' liberals that want to make the conservative view look weak and/or emotional - your choice of quotes are carefully chosen to do just this. You should be ashamed of lying and calling yourself a non-profit organization - you just profit in propaganda. You are shameful!!" Anonymous, Mar. 7, 2007
"I don't believe, as you state, that you are presenting a 'nonpartisan pro-con format' on the issue of homosexuality. If you were, you would not only have a section dedicated to 'changing sexual orientation' but also to accepting it. Throughout, under a guise of objectivity, one can feel your bias. You don't think homosexuality is a good thing. Therefore you lie." Daniel, Jan. 9, 2007
"Your website [ACLU.ProCon.org] sux. I got an F on my paper." Anonymous, Mar. 9, 2005