>Editorially Speaking

So there is this fellow in Bath, NY who writes scathing letters to the editor of the local, weekly paper. Years ago he put up a big sign on the top of his house that he keeps updated with things of local and national “interest.”

For months he flew an American flag – upside down – until it was removed by others. Not sure of the circumstances.

For months he has placed a “hanging bush” above his sign (barely visible in the photo, upper right) that really infuriates me.

For a while he had, on his sign, something like “Warning to Iran…international terrorists are about to attack you.”

Two weeks ago he had published in the paper another of his rants, in which he stated, again, that President Bush should be tried and executed; and also referred to “ex-military thugs” who allegedly took his flag.

I had to write.

And did. Here is what the paper published, and the photo is what he now has on his sign.

How about something positive?

To the editor:

Has Larry D. Cook ever had anything positive to say about anything?

I have to drive by his signboard at least twice a day…and confess each time I wish, mostly tongue-in-cheek, that I had a grenade launcher to take out said sign.

His hanging bush, with it’s message confirmed in his letter published in the May 11 issue in which he not-veryslyly implies our sitting President should be tried and hung, causes me intense anger; not simply because I am supportive of President Bush, but because I am called, as a citizen, to support any sitting President. Cook’s reference to the alleged theft of his upside-down flag by “three exmilitary thugs” implies that all ex-military men and women are “thugs.”

As a Vietnam veteran, an evangelical Christian, and a person who appreciates the United States of America I’m certain I fall into many categories that Cook would call moronic.

I consider being denounced by Cook an honor.

Cook decries the editor for not publishing all of his tired tirades. He complains of your editing his contributions; apparently the guidelines are for everyone except him?

Perhaps he could sell his sign and purchase ads to publish his opinions?

After twenty years of living in the area I am moving; and will miss so very much about Bath and its surroundings. But I, and my blood pressure, will certainly not miss the rants of Mr. Cook, whether published or placed on his freedom-of-speech sign.


Jack Hager Bath

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

3 thoughts on “>Editorially Speaking”

  1. >That is fantastic. Not only your response, but his board. In the sense that he put you on it…like you knew he would. And the fact that he told you to put down the grenade launcher…I could actually see you doing that! 🙂 This seriously, makes me laugh out loud.

  2. >”I am called, as a citizen, to support any sitting President.” Really?! I’ve never heard such a thing. This is a country of laws, not of kings. I, as a citizen, pledge my loyalty to the Constitution, not the government and its corrupt politicians. Were in support of Bill Clinton’s escapades while he was in office? Was it treason to speak up against his criminal war against the Serbs? The day we become afraid to question and criticize our political leaders is the day the First Amendment dies. I would recommend examining Chuck Baldwin and his arguments.

  3. >Re Lukes comments…I concur with much of what he says; and it certainly was difficult for me to try to pray daily for clinton; but as a follower of Christ I am COMMANDED to pray for those in authority; not “just” for those I happen to agree with. I certainly still pray fervently I don’t have to pray for Obama or Hilary. Please don’t misunderstand…I do not believe the USofA is/was/or ever will be “God’s country” nor is it, was it, or will it be a “Christian’ nation. Luke and i obviously disagree about the current war(s)…I still hope we have black teams taking terrorists out wherever, whenever. I’ve no idea who Chuck Baldwin is; maybe I’ll google him; but my first loyalty is to my Crucified/Resurrected Commander in Chief; not my nation, nor the nations constitution.Oh, to say I “support” Bush does not mean I condone everything he has done or will do. And, were I still in the military, my chain of command always ended with teh Commander in Chief; not the constitution

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