Since John Webster attempted to direct his letter last week towards me, I read it waiting to discover the “disinformation and misconceptions” he found in my recent letter. I found nothing that contradicted anything I wrote and found instead that he continued to boldly demonstrate and therefore deserve my criticism of ineffective noisemakers.
His own misconception was that I “hit” those “who want an equal seat at the table for the environment.” In fact, I encouraged environmentalists (in which I include myself) to become effective in their pursuits by taking their concerns to appropriate arenas rather than continue their local hullabaloo that appears rebel rousing but changes nothing.
My address to the “whiners” may have insulted those who identified themselves through my words and it was intended as “If the shoes fits, wear it.” True to his form, Webster laced the laces, buckled the buckles and stepped right on to his next soapbox with those shoes securely on his feet. Meanwhile, the reality is that our water is no more protected than it was.
On the other hand, George Farham’s letter (right next to Webster’s) was about the success that the Humane Society had in passing local ordinances for animals that are kept outside. Community groups with seemingly different interests put their personal biases aside and united to change laws. Their unity influenced the county commissioners to unanimously approve their suggestions. The rest of the state now views Morgan County as an effective model for establishing animal protection laws. What beautiful shoes and footsteps in which to follow!
Clearly the question for Morgan County remains: Do you want to wear shoes that just cause you blisters or shoes that support your arches?
I will write no more letters on this subject. Personal conversation is welcome to those who are respectful, peace seeking and solution-oriented.