Mr. Gaddy, I am responding to your article (Opinion) in the DME dated 9-20-12.
I would like to start out by telling you that I have taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, one nation under God, and to defend it from all enemies foreign and domestic. Therefore, in doing so, I would strongly defend your rights of free speech and freedom of the press. However, I am disappointed to say the least that your editor didn't have you tone down some of the accusations you made in your recent article.
Yes, for the most part everyone does believe that where they live is special, especially in the United States of America. Since you claim you've been a Walker County resident all your life I am willing to give you the benefit of not truly understanding what “despicable” means when describing the “common understanding” that; “Walker County is teaming with violent, fundamentalist rednecks ready to come to blows over a rainbow button or an Obama 2012 bumper sticker!” This statement shows a greater lack of respect for your fellow citizens in Walker County than any narrow minded redneck you may perceive doesn't like a rainbow button or an Obama Sticker.
It was bad enough to disrespect our fellow citizens today but you really push the envelope by condemning three prior generations of Walker County Citizens. These are the very citizens whose families have built this community and yes, they do think it is special. Your comment, “And whats worse, it’s the folks whose families have been here for three generations who often believe this.” I don't have to name the many families you offended and disrespected as I'm sure you and your editor will be hearing from some of them. It would have been a different situation if you wrote this opinion and were not an employee of the newspaper in which it appeared.
In the true spirit of the misinformed you didn't stop with the bashing of our fellow citizens when you moved on to “bashing” the California college campus officer who is accused of pepper spraying alleged non-violent protesters at an Occupy Wall Street movement. We don't know if this officer is guilty of any wrong doing; as I remind you in the United States you are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It’s easy for you to convict him in the court of public opinion, your opinion I might add.
Daniel, maybe this Officer made a mistake and over reacted in the face of being confronted by the protesters and pepper sprayed them without just cause. If that were the case I'm sure you can understand how he felt threatened by the protesters much in the same way you feel threatened. You know the many despicable Walker County third generation red necks who would come to blows over a rainbow button or an Obama sticker ! That's not really fair, though, because the college campus officer knew about the violence that the Occupy Wall Street movement had participated in across the nation. There were many assaults against police officers and citizens as well, to include rape, robbery and murder.
Your article doesn't stop there it goes on to “beware of the good old boys” mentality. Is that one generation or three for the good old boys? I can promise you that your gay friend is safer here in Walker County, Ala., than he is in S.F., Calif. There are more violent crimes in one San Francisco week than in a year of living in Walker County.
Let's close with your final paragraph about making no apologies for how you live your life. Daniel you don't need to make any apologies about how you live your life, however you owe the citizens of Walker County and the readers of The Daily Mountain Eagle an apology. Your characterizations were as narrow minded as the "fundamentalist rednecks" you refer to. We can all agree to disagree but you’re crossing the line when you disrespect !
Stanley Brandon, Jasper