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Date Posted: 20:42:00 08/28/06 Mon
Author: Jay
Subject: Wow!
In reply to: Cricket 's message, "That isn't the truth." on 12:35:44 08/28/06 Mon

For starters, I haven't posted here for ages, under my name or any other name. I did test the waters a few months ago, but found that there was still some bad feelings and decided that it wasn't good for me to be here.

The other day, I wrote to Chuck just to say "hi" as I haven't corresponded with her or anyone on the board also for ages, and to clear up a little bit of a disagreement that we had previously had. She asked me to come back and mentioned a thread that she wanted me to read. Reluctantly, I decided to check in.

It's sad that after so long, my name is still being bantered around like this, but I suppose I got what I desserved. In any case, and not to make excuses, we had bitter disagreements about the war and I do remember, although I had long forgot, making the comment about killing women and children to put food on the table. It was my unkind way of expressing my rather fierce objection to the war. While I haven't changed my views one iota, unless it's to have even more hatred of this war, I realized that it was a lousy way to respond, even if it was reacting to you. I apologize for saying that. I don't apologize for my feelings about the war, but it wasn't right to say what I did. So please forgive me for that.

I've taken a leave, perhaps a permanent leave from this and other boards, because I've become less interested in being right, or causing more bad feelings, and more interested in trying to develop more positive relationships with people. It's difficult for me to do when politics gets in the way, so I do my best to avoid political discussions altogether. It's hard, I have to bite my tongue, but at least I don't have the bad feelings that I used to have when the heat of the battles were over. I do most of my studies in private and keep most of my feelings to myself.

I don't remember you using any foul language on this board, but I was gone long before you stopped posting here, so I can't say what happened. I'll admit, I did pass the baton to one of my friends at my office who agrees with me, to stir things up. He posted for a while, but then he was killed in an automobile accident and that stopped as well. I miss him dearly.

As far as I know, Chuck has never had any administrative rights on this board. I used to, but gave them up. As far as I know, only Joe and Kathy have, or have ever had the keys to this place (after I was discharged). I have no knowledge whatsoever about any friend of Chuck's who foulmouthed you. That's sad if it truly happened.

In any case, I just wanted to clear up a little bit of unfinished business. You may be too angry to forgive me, and if you don't that's okay. I just want to be straight on my end.

I suppose that one day we'll all be on the other side looking back and wishing we had all acted differently.

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