To The Daily Sun,
Looks like the MoBo blogger has been using his Thesaurus. I don't read his blog, but folks usually send me clips of his self-absorbed omniscience, but I do read The Laconia Sun, online, every day. The blogger believes he can walk on water. He calls me a churl, in his letter to the editor of March 28. Thank you.
According to Wikipedia, a churl (etymologically the same name as Charles/Carl and Old High German karal), in its earliest Old English (Anglo-Saxon) meaning, was simply "a man," and more particularly a "husband," but the word soon came to mean "a non-servile peasant," still spelled ċeorl(e), and denoting the lowest rank of freemen.
Churl: In Isaiah 32:5 (RSV marg., "crafty"). In 1 Samuel 25:3 , the word churlish denotes a man that is coarse and ill-natured, or, as the word literally means, "hard." The same Greek word as used by the LXX. here is found in Matthew 25:24 , and there is rendered "hard."
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
I've commented many times, in public and private, that I have no intention of ever running for elected office. I've received many emails, phone calls, from town folk, state reps., county commissioners, over time, to run for office. The blogger can use his thesaurus again, and look-up "gadfly," especially tangent with a touch of jurisprudence.
Ah heck, I'll at least post Wiki:
Wikipedia: A gadfly is a person who interferes with the status quo of a society or community by posing novel, potently upsetting questions, usually directed at authorities. The term is originally associated with the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, in his defense when on trial for his life.
The blogger's personal attacks are not uncommon. He's attacked our state Rep. Cordelli, county delegate Rep. Comeau, and others, on his blog, because they don't share his view on political issues.
Relative to his advice in the paper, pretending to be a "shrink" (he does have a "medical background," lungers) and telling me to run for office or shut up, is not an issue for debate. It must really be painful, not to be able to censor someone else's thoughts in a letter to the editor, like his blog.
He still doesn't get it. Some of us (very few) do attend most Selectboard meetings, and participate, not just at an annual meeting, to find out what is going on in town.
No ... I will not shut-up (or down). Those with Napoleonic complexes (see blogger) can continue to believe the world turns around them. But like wind ... it will pass.
Others in town, lemmings, might share his myopic view on what Moultonborough should be. That's their prerogative, but not a mandate to others.
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