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Writer says "Stop the poison" of the Wandering Minds
posted January 12, 2009
As you and I have discussed before, I have made it my policy not to
respond to comments made on the Wandering Minds section of
EdgefieldDaily.com. Many of these comments are written by people who
have not tried to seek the facts. Pieces of information added to no
accountability of signing your name opens the door for
counterproductive and many times hate filled statements.
By allowing the writer to hide behind the anonymous format the
Wandering Minds provides, it is impossible for any elected official or
citizen to have an open and informed discussion on any matter. This
anonymous format is poisoning our community in more ways than I can
mention. Just imagine wanting to relocate to a nice community and doing
a “Google search” on Edgefield County and finding yourself reading
I can not sit on the sidelines any longer and watch our great county
tear itself apart. Yes, like all communities, we have problems that
need to be addressed. However, we also have ways to deal with our
problems. It is discouraging to see the attendance and public
interaction at our Town and County council meetings not to mention the
School board meetings. These are the type platforms where problems
should be openly discussed and addressed if necessary. Everyone is
accountable for their own opinions and/or statements.
First, I would like to set the record straight by making it clear that
the Town of Edgefield is not paying any rent for the use of Mr.
Rainsford’s building for the newly-installed camera for our
Square. Moreover, Mr. Rainsford has generously agreed to provide
the electrical power for the camera together with the space required
for the computer. It is sad to see the relentless campaign
against Mr. Rainsford. He has done as much for this Town and
County as anyone I know.
I have known and worked with him for over 15 years and continue to be
amazed at his creative and resourceful ideas to improve Edgefield
County. Yes, he is a businessman but his first love is Edgefield
County and its citizens. I am not aware of any instance where he
has ever used his position or influence for his own personal gain to
the detriment of the public.
My second point is to publicly ask you to consider changing the format
of your Wandering Minds section and require the writers to identify
themselves. The anonymous format is a platform for deception and
slander. This great nation was not built on anonymous men and
women afraid to identify themselves. Every citizen has the right
to their opinion and should feel free to voice that opinion. But
with that right should also come the responsibility to seek the facts
and openly stand behind your position. Please don’t misunderstand what
I am saying. I am not asking to stop any writer or their opinion,
just to identify themselves so their concerns can be addressed on an
I know you love this community as much as I do and again ask you to
take a bold step and STOP THE POISON! Let’s work together to
re-direct all the negative energy in ways that build up, not tear apart.
Editor's note: Read the Editor's reply here.
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