Mr. Smith, I fervently disagree with your analysis of my participation in the Greenfield Multistate Trust town hall meetings! Further, I consider it to be a personal affront to me as a life-long resident of this city. When did you or your ilk ever attack the conditions under which my community was forced to live, either by “red-lining” or by sub-minimal wages, then allowing poisonous corporate entities to pollute our existence with cancerous elements? Yet, in your retrogressive mindset, you all believe that in the age of “Trumpism,” that you can speak into our existence with insults, and cause “silence” to prevail! Mr. Smith, in the words of a dear friend of mine, Mr. Robert Jenkins, PhD, “A hurt mouth can not be hushed!”
No sir, we have suffered hurt, loss, sickness, death and being ignored by the powers that be! How do we crawl into an existence of “silence and acceptance” of the status quo, knowing what has been done to us by those whom we have trusted?
And in finality, Mr. Smith, I am recognizable and not wilting! Neither am I alone in this struggle. Nor am I a beneficiary of the positive outcome in this our joint effort, but I am one blessed with a voice of proclamation, and God’s “Truth” will no longer be hidden. I pray for all those who walk in any form of resentment of God’s people, in any existential being! However, my faith is in the providential power of the living God, and his Son the “Living Christ,” not Pontius Pilate or his allies. We will stand with God, obey his Paraklete, and be steadfast on the path to which God has put my feet. Even after being set-upon, there may be a Good Samaritan (another hated human) who will uphold me! Write on Mr. Smith, and enlarge me!
James Samuel, Columbus
Editor’s note: For context, in his Dec. 2 column which is available online, Dispatch columnist Slim Smith stated the Kerr-McGee Multistate Trust town hall meetings are the wrong venue for Rev. Samuel to voice frustrations over personal and property settlements. The Multistate Trust exclusively deals with site cleanup, not personal injury or private property claims.