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Editor responds to attack ad
A Column by the Editor
posted August 21, 2009
COLUMN – Bettis Rainsford is at it again,
this time by taking out a near full page ad in the Edgefield
Advertiser. I cannot say I am surprised by anything Mr. Rainsford does.
Desperate people, I have learned, are capable of just about anything.
It is true Mr. Rainsford sent his letter to EdgefieldDaily.com for
publication. After review it was found that the letter could possibly
lead to legal litigation and was therefore rejected. Mr. Rainsford is
more than welcome to reword his letter for reconsideration. Mr.
Rainsford has submitted several other letters, which were published,
including personal attacks upon me.
Mr. Rainsford is obviously upset with my opinion of County
Administrator John Pettigrew’s abilities to perform his duties, the
lack of qualifications needed for the job (as evidenced by the Upper
Savannah Council of Government not including Mr. Pettigrew among the
qualified candidates), and his lack of leadership. Having a difference
of opinion is productive and often brings about progress.
I have never questioned Mr. Pettigrew’s personal life, his
Christianity, or his honor.
However, Mr. Rainsford calls me a liar, mean-spirited, a cancer,
hateful, intimidating, racist, evil, prejudice, hate filled, venomous,
and un-Christian, just to name a few. Mr. Rainsford also accuses me of
authoring all the comments in the Wandering Minds, the anonymous public
comment section of EdgefieldDaily.com.
Mr. Rainsford repeatedly calls me a liar but offers not one sliver of
evidence to support his claim, just a baseless attack.
I find his claim that I author the
comments in the Wandering Minds very
funny. As is pictured (click picture for larger view), the inbox of my
email shows a few hours of
emails received in one day and you can clearly see fifteen comments
sent by readers to the Wandering Minds.
Mr. Rainsford demands that readers identify themselves when making
comments, or, if they do not, then he is proven right. I wonder why Mr.
Rainsford would want to know who is sending in comments.
I can understand why people would not want to have their names known
for voicing their opinions; they would then become a target of Mr.
Perhaps that is what bothers Mr. Rainsford the most. People in
Edgefield County can voice their heartfelt convictions and opinions
about the powerful without fearing retribution. He abhors not being
able to heavy-handedly squelch dissension over those who do not follow
his view of the utopia in local politics he thinks he controls.
Maybe he fears me for some strange reason.
He is certainly trying his best to dissuade people from reading
EdgefieldDaily.com. Former County Administrator Wayne Adams was
infamous for doing the same thing and, in the end, they always bring
more readers to EdgefieldDaily.com.
For that I guess I am thankful. The first thing those who read his
diatribe will do is log into EdgefieldDaily.com to see all the lies,
hate, racism, and be pleasantly surprised to find daily news, sports,
activities, announcements, and the most comprehensive coverage of
breaking news and investigative reports.
In addition, they will discover the Wandering Minds and, like so many
others, will be happy to let me be the lightening rod for their views
about local politics, politicians, school issues, among others.
I look to see August produce an all time record in statistics, thanks
to Bettis Rainsford. Hopefully we can put this pettiness behind us and
move on to more important matters facing the county.
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