To the Editor:
After reading the letters from both Larry Roller and Kurt Michael, I can't help but wonder how anyone can truthfully say Kurt Michael is divisive. Is it divisive to stand up for your principles in the face of ugly and untruthful personal attacks?
I challenge anyone to produce any statement from Kurt Michael that attacks anyone in a personal way. He certainly disagrees with our Senator's voting record, but he does not use personal attacks to do it.
Is it divisive to offer your hand to a candidate's spouse only to receive a sneer in return? I saw this happen. Is it divisive to stand silent while a person in opposistion stands up and shakes their fist at you? This is on tape.
Kurt Michael was targeted for simply standing up for what he believes in. I wonder how many of his opponents could endure the onslaught of vitriol he has, and still smile.
Kurt Michael's opponents came to the Mass Meeting with the intent of taking over, no matter what. They succeeded in doing so but they came totally unprepared to manage it. So now, somehow, that is Kurt's fault. Take over, create chaos, blame the opposistion for your own lack of preparation. Sound familiar?
Kurt Michael is probably one of the most principled people I have ever met. He has said publicly that he will resign his chairmanship after the State Convention. A lesser man would have quit long ago.
L. O. Tillett
Printed in 5/18/08 Staunton News Leader and also submitted to Waynesboro News Virginian