Re: Otis Trimble's letter to the editor concerning Grant Kuenzli's tragic death.
I have kept myself informed about the progress of this case, not only because I knew Grant, worked with him at the shelter and liked him immensely, but also in the interest of justice.
I never detected a ‘lynch mob mentality' from the people in Payson. I feel the concern was more in the interest of truth and fairness, as well as integrity and confirming the validity of Mr. Fish's version of what happened. After all, Mr. Kuenzli can't speak and give his version of what happened, and the only living witnesses are voiceless.
In the case of a violent and tragic death, do we take one man's version (the man left standing, with a smoking gun) and completely discount any other scenario except his? Isn't our justice system still based on the truth, the fact, and being held accountable for our actions by a jury of our peers?
Whatever Mr. Kuenzli did or didn't do on that terrible day, he is being held accountable to a much higher authority. I believe Mr. Fish must be held accountable for his actions, too. A ‘destructive lust for vengeance' doesn't even enter into it. You have simply taken what you have read, assumed Mr. Fish was in the right and, in the process, thrown Grant's life out the window.
As for your remark, Mr. Trimble, on "newcomer" John McCauley, do we now have to be second or third generation Paysonites to hold an opinion in this town?
Isn't it fair and kind, and American, that Mr. McCauley has concerns about the death of a good friend and be able to voice those concerns?
Does being a ‘newcomer' mean you can't voice your beliefs, thoughts, opinions or sense of duty to or about your fellow citizens?
I have only been in Payson 14 years. According to you, should I not be writing this letter?
Cherry Marrone, Payson