Give Alan Abelson a free subscription, please! Comp that Barron's curmudgeon with RealMoney, where thoughtful practitioners debate the pros and cons of stocks. Comp him with Action Alerts PLUS , my personal portfolio where I put up my own money to buy stocks -- and give subscribers an opportunity to act before I do (and which is up 13.45% since Jan. 1, 2002, vs. the S&P 500's drop of 0.84%, despite stringent restrictions). Comp this incessant critic of our accomplishments with Street Insight, where the toughest managers grit it out and tell you the inside story, positive and negative, behind what's moving stocks. Comp him with all of our e-newsletters that help people make money daily. And most of all, comp him with research from Independent Research Group, our wholly owned brokerage that caters to the brainiest and neediest of investors, the hedge funds, with pointed, action-oriented buy and sell recommendations, and does no investment banking to intrude on the decision-making process. Last week, when I was vacationing in Italy with my family, Mr. Abelson launched one of his quarterly ad hominem critiques of me and the institution that has become TheStreet.com. I didn't know about his remarks until I received email from well-wishers telling me not to fret and to keep going, to soldier on with what I -- and we -- are trying to accomplish here. I was tempted, as my nine-year-old daughter quickly grasped, to just write it off as jealousy and ignore the riposte totally, as I have done many times before. But I can't stand to see the record -- either our company's record or my own -- so severely distorted by this man and the institution he represents, Barron's, part of the Dow Jones family of publications, which I both respect and regard as partners in my day-to-day work at CNBC. To remain silent is to have Abelson's remarks cloud what I am about and what TheStreet.com is about. In fact, I think it is time to analyze why Mr. Abelson criticizes me, because it is at the heart of the differences between us. For as long as I have been reading Mr. Abelson, he has been about two things: being bearish and touting the pans of a handful of money managers that he never scrutinizes. He is not about running money. He is not about trying to help others make money. He is not about trying to understand the market. He is about dogma and favorites and pet peeves. In fact, I believe that I have been the target of so much of his wrath because I pointed out all of this unhelpful misery and lack of accountability when we first started TheStreet.com. One of my original pieces in this publication critiqued and mocked the signature item of Barron's, the roundtable. In that column, I gleefully pointed out how none of the friends of Alan ever had to own up to how bad their picks were. I also pointed out on numerous occasions how wrong Mr. Abelson's pans were. For that, I certainly deserve his antipathy. My wife, Karen, says I courted it.