Our readers write — letters to the editor

Our readers write — letters to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:12 pm
By: Area readers

Cutting bush theft of property To The Editor: I would like to know who cut my gardenia bush. Sometime between Friday afternoon, June 20, and Saturday morning, June 21, someone came on my front porch and cut my gardenia bush. Not once, but seven times. I would have given you a cutting if you had asked. How would you like for someone to come on your property and steal something? Nancy Todd Union City Act responsibly: Do ‘write’ thing To The Editor: When I read your newspaper, I usually read the “we the people” quote you print. While not in your newspaper, I also read our “Constitution of the United States” and all the amendments. I refer to our Constitution as our “write rights.” As you know, or should know, along with our “write rights” come those dreaded words like fairness, responsibility, accuracy, do no harm to innocent people, leave your biases at the breakfast table unless you acknowledge editorial input. Sometimes a few misprinted words, a misplaced exclamation point, a misplaced question mark or a period can change the meaning of an otherwise innocent paragraph. We should accept almost nothing at face value just because the information presented to you comes from a famous named person or family with power, social status, money, prestige or political and/or friendship connections and we should not discount data just because of the data comes from a famous named person or family with power, social status, money, prestige or political and/friendship connection. This leads me to the following: Sometimes we may take at face value what a power family name states as truth even though what the power family name states is bias for cause and effect. Sometimes we may take what a power family name states as truth as that power family expect privileges. Sometimes we may take a power family name “misspeaks” (rave on Hillary) as truths as the power family name feel entitled. Sometimes we may take a power family name failure to accept responsibility for their actions, or lack thereof, as the power family name (again) feel entitled. Sometimes we may take a power family name failure to do the right thing because they expect to be treated different than we mere mortals. Sometimes we may accept a power family name taking the law into their own hands as just that they feel above the law (and in some cases, are above the law — in their own minds). Sometimes we may take a power family name action intended to possibly ruin lives and take jobs and to punish innocent people as just, just because they can do it and that is what the power family name desires. On the other hand we may not realize or recognize that a true power family name does not feel different, entitled, privileged or above the law. They are, in my opinion, rightful people and in no way would they damage families to the point of taking bread off the table or having the means of providing for their family removed. A true power family name would have compassion for people who possibly made only an error in judgment. We may not realize that a truly power family name will always attempt to do the right thing and sometime make errors but will stand tall and admit they were wrong in their actions, or inaction. Sometimes we may forget that doing the right thing is what you do even though doing otherwise is more rewarding without consequence. Do the “write” right thing. Toney A. Murphy Union City Published in The Messenger 7.16.08

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