Matt, thanks for your posting. I found your web site last week when searching for news of the stolen Flags. I'll list it here since you didn't...for others to see: http://www.twfsales.com/index.php?main_page=patriot
Yes, this whole subject has taken the strangest twist possible. I also agree with you with your opinion of Dean. His postings have said volumes about him and I don't doubt for a moment that he is the good person he seems to be.
With 20/20 hindsight I'm sure there are things Dean might have done different with respect to his relationship with John but as Arizay said a couple days ago..."My friend, you are not alone, been there, done that." None of us are anything near perfect....good people just do the best they can and learn from their 'mistakes'....and try to do better in the future.
I can't forgive John or the other guy involved with the stolen Flags...yet. I want a fair punishment for them along with a lesson learned. What that will or should be I don't know yet. The ideas being tossed around including some community service with apologies to the community and, specifically, to the people who had their Flags stolen, sounds like a good start.
Dean, as Deb said you don't own anyone an apology. You need to take care of yourself (and sorry about referring to you in the third person above...I know you're here).
This is going to be an interesting time for ALL of us on how we work through this calamity.
Tough times don't build character, tough times reveal it.