Driven by care for community

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In response to the ill-informed Readers’ Hotline comment, “Misplaced anger,” during the 38 years that Mike and I have been married, I have never seen him lose his temper or lose his sense of fairness.
By temperament, he is compassionate, caring and controlled.
In various organizations, he has been pressured to be on their board because of his ability to listen objectively to all sides.
His clarity and fairness would have made him an excellent lawyer had he continued at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
To suggest, then, that he is controlled by “misplaced anger,” views others “with suspicion and doubt,” looks “for ways to even the score” and to “justify” his actions is nothing short of absurd, amateur psychology at best.
To call him “vindictive,” lashing out at others, and suggest he would “rarely make a good neighbor,” is ridiculous.
A person who does not get along with or care deeply about his community would not be a founding member of the Carroll-Grayson Cattle Producers Association, nor would he be an advisor to Virginia Tech’s Cooperative Extension or Virginia Tech’s veterinary college.
Only a person who can represent his group fairly and get along with others would be elected president of the board of the Virginia Cattleman’s Association, the Forage and Grasslands Council, and the Southwest Virginia Agriculture Association.
Because he is respected and liked, he served as Virginia representative for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and the Cattleman’s Beef Board.  How sad that the caller sank to personal attacks against Mike instead of addressing important issues Mike courageously raised.
The caller was also ill-informed about the “Floatplane Notebooks.” The Carroll County Schools’ book committee approved it being taught to honors and advanced-placement English seniors.
Had the caller read the entire book carefully, he might understand why Clyde Edgerton has won the North Carolina Award for Literature, the distinguished alumni award from UNC-Chapel Hill, and five Notable Book Awards from the New York Times.
I prefer to sign my name to criticism I make and not hide behind anonymity.
Marion McAdoo Goldwasser.