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Paper should apologize

By Larry Carter
Green River


I debated as to writing this opinion letter due to my experience with the media in the past. I am a Viet Nam veteran and while serving my country found the media to be a very unfriendly profession to the soldiers who were fighting for their freedom. The soldiers who fought were in their minds serving their country with their very lives, but came back to find anger and resentment against them due to the media coverage. I don't know of any one that was in that war that didn't come back with either a mental, physical or emotional issue.

Now for my opinion Patsy Stoddard wrote an opinion piece on Nov. 9 (Emery County Progress), stating "Emery County what have you done?" Rick Shaw wrote one on Nov. 16 (Sun Advocate and Emery County Progress), defending her right to publish her opinion. Ms. Stoddard's article was by the editor, and Mr. Shaw's was by a publisher. My point is their articles were 985 and 819 words long while those who took the time to respond to Ms. Stoddards piece in the Progress followed the guidelines of the opinion page of 350 words. A few went over but Mr. Geary's was 283 words, Mr. Johnson was 408 words and Mr.and Mrs. Dellos was 294 words. Why don't we all have basically the same rules, so that we stand on level ground?

As a veteran I took the right to vote very seriously, and to have someone insult my right makes me reflect on the day's right after Viet Nam. What gives you the right to question my decision or any other individual's decision when it comes to an election? You over stepped your position and you need to apologize to this county.

I was proud to see that approximately 60 percent of Emery County voted. Did you not see that all but one area in the whole county voted for Mr. Funk by majority, so please remember what elections stand for and not degrade our God given right of "For the people by the people."

This should have meaning to you, so shame on you because this is the way we do things in Emery County.

Proud to be a free American.

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