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LETTER: To Mr. Hexum: 'When good men do nothing'

For the last few months now every time I read the paper I cant help but run across Mr. Hexum's commentary in the letters to the editor section.

It seems to end up being a bad habit, since every time I read his articles they seem to get worse and worse.

I, by no means, am against freedom of speech-"free" being the key word. But freedom does come with a price.

What price must we pay in order to say what we want, or more importantly, put up with what others feel they need to say?

I have since come to the conclusion that Mr. Hexum is more or less a radical. A man who seems to only find the negative in our community and certain people that live in it.  

Why can't your views be more positive Mr. Hexum?

Why must it always be about the negative? And why are the many wrong-but of course-you the few, are entirely right?

I personally am fed up with this nonsense. Just like the school bully that almost all of us at one time or another must deal with, I feel it is now your time to be dealt with.

I am not like you. I do not fall under the illusion that I am perfect, and know what is best for this town and all those who live in it. I am flawed, and by no means perfect, but I am honest. I call people out when they have crossed the line, and you have done so-and done it repeatedly.

I am of the old mentality: if you can't say anything positive, or constructive then keep your mouth shut.

And if you feel anger toward certain people in this community, why don't you have the courage to say it to their faces instead of feeling the need to go straight to the paper?

Why you are still getting printed by the Focus is beyond me, but then again I guess it comes down to the price of freedom, and the burden it sometimes brings.

This letter comes off extremely hostile and I fear that I will lose my point and my message by doing so, and yet it is something I believe in, something my heart tells me must be done.

Evil prevails when good men do nothing. You are not evil Mr. Hexum, but you are certainly a burden-at least to the paper. I'm certain your next letter will crucify me, but I ask that you try something different; give something constructive; something unique-not something along the lines of a ranting mad man. If you can't do that, then please don't waste newspaper space or the reader's time.  

It is your move now Mr. Hexum. I'm hoping you will impress me by doing the right thing-walking the path not of the self-righteous man, but the path of the imperfect, but overall good man.

Nate Wasche