Friday, October 24, 2014

A personal attack

1/10/2014

A letter by David A. Lee, expressing opposition to the possible overturning of a city ordinance that bans pit bulls within the city limits, was published in The Herald’s Dec. 19 Reader Forum. It was followed in the Jan. 4 Herald by a rebuttal of sorts to Lee’s expressed opinion by Chef David Edelstein, Superior, Colo.

Since I am not an Ottawa resident, I will refrain from entering into a discussion of the merits for or against the city’s pit bull ordinance, even though that didn’t stop Edelstein.

A letter by David A. Lee, expressing opposition to the possible overturning of a city ordinance that bans pit bulls within the city limits, was published in The Herald’s Dec. 19 Reader Forum. It was followed in the Jan. 4 Herald by a rebuttal of sorts to Lee’s expressed opinion by Chef David Edelstein, Superior, Colo.

Since I am not an Ottawa resident, I will refrain from entering into a discussion of the merits for or against the city’s pit bull ordinance, even though that didn’t stop Edelstein.

Lee made no personal attacks or insults when he wrote, unlike Edelstein who personally attacked Lee by associating him with U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy of the 1940s and 1950s who battled Communists, some real but others only perceived. He continued to berate Lee by calling him a useless, offensive and dangerous old man who talks out of his colon and is blatantly ignorant. He also bet his salary for a year that Lee was in fact talking out of his colon.

The First Amendment to our Constitution affords the right of both men to write their opinions. However, decency, common sense and personal values should have deterred Edelstein from making such a despicable personal attack.

In defense of old men, it has been said that wisdom comes with age. In youth we learn; in old age, we understand what we learned ... especially that it is usually unwise to bet your paycheck on anything.

If Edelstein is fortunate, he will live to be an old man.

— Gary D. Hart,

Wellsville

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