I've been writing letters in the Payson Roundup since January 2002. Some of them have generated significant, interesting dialogue. However, during that time, I've never attacked the personal character of any Payson resident.
One of the reasons, other than that it simply isn't my nature to do so, is the following sentence in the Letters Policy, "Letters should stick to issues and avoid personal attacks."
On both Jan. 20 and Feb. 9, letters personally attacked my character. Those who know me personally will chuckle at his allegations. However, many will read his unkind words and may wonder if there is any truth to his comments.
I believe that both the Roundup and the author of those letters owe me an apology.
The author of those letters apparently doesn't understand that our most vital right here in America is our right to dissent when we see something is wrong.
He belittles and attacks those who disagree with his view.
For example, he doesn't understand that our president and highest levels of our government condone and encourage torture.
However, if any other nation treated our own brave soldiers the way we treat others -- waterboarding (simulated drowning); immersion in a tub of ice and water until one's body temperature drops so low they shake uncontrollably, suffer unbearable pain and ultimately lose consciousness -- we'd certainly call it torture.
And, this is barely the tip of the iceberg.
I know it's not pretty. Even though such behavior is well-documented by our own military, it's not something any of us want to acknowledge. And, it's behavior we should all be ashamed of.
There's lots more that people don't want to hear. But, just because you don't want to hear it doesn't mean that you have the right to personally attack those who sound the alarm that there's something wrong in America today.
Most importantly, it doesn't mean that they don't love America or aren't patriotic. In truth, it's quite the opposite.
Larry Brophy, Payson
Editor's note: Larry Brophy is correct in pointing out the policy of the Payson Roundup to not print letters that include personal attacks. In past weeks, we printed letters that argued with Brophy's political point of view. On second reading of those letters, the authors pointed to Brophy's character rather than "sticking to the issues" per our policy. We apologize to Larry Brophy, and, ask that future political discussion on this page be kept to the realm of facts and opinion, without name-calling or finger-pointing.