With ‘friends’ like these, I’m inspired to continue
“Well, this explains all of the new email friends I’ve picked up in the last week.”
That email came after Daily Sentinel Publisher Jay Seaton learned members of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance had been alerted to complain about my “terrible reporting” in last Tuesday’s column.
“Picked up a couple of new (ones) myself,” I responded.
FYI, Josh Penry, Rick Wagner, Bill Grant and I are not reporters. Every week we offer our opinions. As many people might question the “facts” upon which Bill, Rick and Josh base their perspectives as question mine. None of us enjoy front row seats to everything we write about.
Here’s a selection of comments, pre and post alert:
“Jim, you are a prime example of those who, because of their biased, liberal, left-wing lock on the media are contributing to the decline in mainstream media, as well as local rags.”
“I received an email from WSCA urging me to write to you about your op-ed piece today ... there seem to be a significant number of people who need to seek deeply significant professional help dealing with their paranoid feeling ... I continue to be amazed at the utter stupidity of some of our ‘political’ groups.”
Me, too. Though I haven’t been skewered (yet) for criticizing the president and the Sierra Club.
“Great piece this morning on the local self-styled keepers of ‘real’ America,” another said. “I caught that article about the sheriffs and thought that they could have at least reassured the ‘tinfoil hat brigade’ that local law enforcement only shoot the unarmed who refuse them admittance to their homes. Apparently undiluted commitment to the 2nd Amendment means that law enforcement can ignore the 4th, 8th, and 14th amendments.”
An early message came from a prominent member of the WSCA:
“To categorize the WSCA as a bunch of tin foil hats is silly. The appropriate group to be called that would be the GJ Results group you mentioned. One man, at the head of that group, has been busy for the last 2 years trying to convince people that meteorites were going to hit our planet and kill us all.”
Another “friend” apparently ran out of tin foil.
“From what I understand the stem cell technology will soon enable regeneration of teeth. From there, it will only be a matter of time before they’ll also be able to generate testicles. That should certainly give you even more hope for change to believe in.”
Change is needed, according to others:
“One of my worries (I’m getting so many they may have to take a number and stand in line) is that the right- wing nut fringe keeps getting bigger here in Mesa County. Percentage-wise, we may be as bad as El Paso County or Orange County, CA.”
“Right on, Jim Spehar! It’s my opinion, and many others as well, that the NRA has to keep those who won’t (or can’t) think for themselves stirred up so they’ll continue to donate to their organization. Unfortunately there are far too many of them, especially in ‘Happy Valley.’ “
Among other positive comments, this early one remains a favorite.
“(We) watched the press coverage of that event and just shook our heads. Those folks are just plain nuts! I also agree that it is fun to watch these local R’s try to show who is the most conservative, i.e., the primary race for county commissioner. We may look back at a time when Meis and Rowland will look like moderates.”
A distinct possibility, me thinks.
Then a question from this “friend” from Glenwood Springs.
“Is your purpose to mock, marginalize and ridicule those who show realistic concern over the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution? Did you hear about the active and informative Q&A about UN Agenda 21 ... Are you far left, sir?”
Well, not far enough left to prevent a former congressman and a former Mesa County GOP chair to suggest over the years that I should switch parties and join theirs.
And this suggestion:
“Report the facts, not your Liberal babbling. When the going gets rough, you will be one of those hiding behind the skirts of brave women who are informed about what is coming.”
After responding to all emails, I returned a phone call from the “brave woman” who included my home address in her alert. Marjorie Haun “expected” a retraction and apology from someone she’s described as a “hack ” and an “incorrigible” member of the “moribund media.” She got neither.
Told comments were running equal, pro and con, she said “That should tell you something about your readers.”
“Marjorie,” I replied, “perhaps that should tell you something about your community.”