Sorry, Meatball. My comment about why does it always come up was not directed at you. That is one of the main reasons that SMF exists in my humble opinion is to help new people get reliable information. I would never want to discourage anyone from asking questions and I'm sorry if my post suggested this. Lord knows I did enough question asking when I first joined.
What frustrates me is that as soon as someone asks "do I need to cure jerky?" you get several people answering yes and recommending generally accepted safe practices followed by some anecdotal evidence from other people who don't think it is necessary. To me recommending practices that aren't generally considered safe is a disservice to the new members who are looking for guidance.
You are absolutely correct. There's nothing wrong with a healthy debate. Hopefully the healthy debates will also include healthy advice.
Have fun with your jerky. The homemade stuff is best in my opinion. And be sure to post pics of your jerky smoke.