To the Editor,
You can imagine how surprised I was to read John J. Goodman’s 1/26 letter to the editor asserting that my husband is an odious, attention-seeking liar! Our 49 years of …
To the Editor,
You can imagine how surprised I was to read John J. Goodman’s 1/26 letter to the editor asserting that my husband is an odious, attention-seeking liar! Our 49 years of harmonious marriage would suggest otherwise. Aside from claiming that I look lovely all the time, Dick’s lone lie in our half-century of constant togetherness had to do with a party, to which he told me children were not invited. Desperate for an adults’ night out (we had three at home), his lie was obvious when we arrived at the party to the clamor of lots of kids, playing party games!
Mr. Goodman’s attempted character assassination, perhaps meant to intimidate, ironically includes misinformation of the same kind that he accuses Dick of. Chief among them is his contention that there will be a mere four to seven cargo planes arriving each day at Green, as opposed to the forty-something enthusiastically projected at a RIAC long-term planning session in 2008. Absent a crystal ball, one can still assume that the vast spaces being prepared will accommodate as many planes and as much freight as possible, and that an Environmental Impact Study is therefore warranted.
More interesting, however, than the he-said/they-said aspect of this distasteful exchange is not so much the facts – which can always be further researched and clarified by both “sides” – but rather the appalling ugliness of Mr. Goodman’s distorted portrayal of Dick as a street-corner codger, wiling away the hours spreading “rumors” and sharing “gossip” while desperately “looking for a cause to champion.”
The truth is that this generous husband of mine is not without worthy causes, such as working to provide all high-school students in Liberia and Sierra Leone with computers, all while still employed full-time at age 79. An astute businessman with encyclopedic knowledge of law (which may well exceed that of the lawyers at RIAC), he has neither the time nor the stomach for undignified discourse with RIAC spokespeople.
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