Let me begin by saying that as the mother of Brittney Rutherford, who caught the fish that you are in such a tizzy over, I very much disapprove of many of the things that you said about my daughter, who, by the way, is INNOCENT in all of this.
It was I who submitted the photo and the question about having it published, NOT Brittney.
I have to say that your questioning of her ability, and the comparison of her to some blood bathed killer, is Sir, uncalled for.
I am a very proud mother and the celebration of accomplishments and once-in-a-lifetime events (which this happens to be) is one thing that I am unashamed of.
Had you seen the sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes and the excitement that overflowed from her, it might just have changed your outlook on life.
You are right in thinking that the sports section should highlight the accomplishments of our athletes, who, by the way, are CHILDREN of residents of this county.
Each and every athlete in Ashe County deserves the honor of being recognized for his/her ability and the effort they put forth. To put in the hours of practice that they have to and to keep up with school work and then top it off with an award winning performance, yes Mr. Editor, is something to be proud of. I submitted the photo to YOUR paper, but never dreamed that it would cause such a problem with anyone.
As the editor, YOU should have the final say about what is printed in YOUR paper.
Had you exercised your editing capabilities, you might just not have had to tear down the excitement of an INNOCENT 6 year old child.
The thoughts of you thinking about my daughter the way you convey in your little commentary make me sick to my stomach sir.
You need not worry about anything else from my family being celebrated in your paper, because frankly Sir, YOUR paper is not worth the celebration due my family.
I hope that the submission of my photo and my right to brag on my children does not in any way promote the sharing of good news by any other member of this county. But there is a small part of me who hopes that every hunter and fisherman in this county dumps photo after photo of dead bleeding animals on your desk just to see if you have enough guts to print them.