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Integrity, Credibility & Community

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 7
4/4/2014


By Taylor Ramsey

I want to take some space here to address a letter to the editor referencing my column in the last issue of the Beachcomber stating I had misrepresented the reasons behind Senator Mitch McConnell’s opposition to President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Janet West’s assertion that Mr. Adegbile took part in rallies on behalf of his client, Mr. Abu-Jamal, is correct and I do agree with her that protests and rallies should have had no part in the trial. I also acknowledge Senator McConnell was concerned about that activity and it was part of his decision making process to advocate for not approving Mr. Adegbile’s nomination.

I have completed more research and discovered another quote by Senator McConnell. “Everyone deserves a fair trial and a zealous legal defense. Lawyers aren’t personally responsible for the actions of their clients.” In another statement the Senator stated, “But lawyers are responsible for their own actions. In this case, the nominee inserted his office in an effort to turn reality on its head, impugn honorable and selfless law enforcement officers, and glorify an unrepentant cop-killer.”

Janet West, you are correct. There were some in the media and public eye who did use the fact that Mr. Adegbile represented a cop-killer, but Senator McConnell was not one of them. Thank you.

I have had the privilege of contributing to the Beachcomber for about 21 months now. As regular readers know I try to thoroughly review all facts when presenting an idea or position. I am very proud of my stance on issues I present and I certainly hope they make the reader think, whether they agree with me or not.

Two words come to mind. The first is integrity. Integrity is “the quality of being honest and fair” and “the state of being complete and whole”. Second is credibility. Credibility is “the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real or honest”.

So, in an effort to be credible with integrity and to get the facts straight I will publicly acknowledge a mistake and thank the person who challenged me. As in the example above referring to Janet West’s letter, I decided to see what I missed in my research, and to be quite honest, I was hoping I was correct and she was wrong. However, I discovered I did miss some important information and the research revealed I was incorrect.

Okay, now to spring time. We are fortunate to live in cities like Long Beach and Lakewood, just to name a few, that provide great facilities for families to take advantage of. I spent last Saturday in two different parks. In one I was watching my grandson’s little league game and in another I was watching two of my granddaughters playing softball.

It was wonderful to see so many families assembled to promote physical activity in ways that encourage all of us getting along. I saw volunteers going the extra mile to make sure many of us can enjoy activities that build character and relationships.

I smiled a lot watching kids, moms and dads and the older generation all laughing and providing encouragement to all. It very much reminded me of my youth in Lakewood and then being a dad doing all we did with our children.

I hope all of you take some time to capture some of what our communities have to offer you and your loved ones. Whether you jump in as an observer or a volunteer, being involved with family activities, no matter the size of your family, builds good character, strong family ties and a robust spirit in your town.

I very much appreciate the opportunity to express my thoughts in the Beachcomber and I am grateful the Beachcomber has so many wonderful readers out there.

Thank you for keeping me on my toes.

taylor@longbeachcomber.com
Taylor’s Blog: www.lettertotheeditorblog.com
Twitter: @TaylorPRamsey