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 Post subject: Appalling prayer
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 4:48 pm 
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A Letter in the May 13 Tomahawk Leader

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I was appalled to hear that County Board Supervisor Dave Fox stated at an open meeting of the County Board that he “prayed” for a natural disaster, a tornado, to hit Lincoln County. Does he not realize this would cause millions of dollars worth of damage, countless injuries and numerous lives lost? Was he not thinking again, or yet?

Curtis G. Powell
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 Post subject: Re: Appalling prayer
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:39 pm 
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This sounds too bad to be true. I can't imagine a county supervisor, or anyone in their right miind, praying for a natural disaster to hit Lincoln County (or anywhere).

To put this statement out without any proof or backup information that it was actually said, and the context of what was said, is irresponsible on the part of Curtis. One doesn't just throw out these types of statements and leave the readers 'hanging'.

I would like to hear a lot more about what Curtis was referring to.

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 Post subject: Re: Appalling prayer
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 7:20 am 
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Ken, my guess is Curt Powell was present for the "Appalling Prayer", as he is a member of the county board. Looks as if things have not changed since I left the Tomahawk area, a battle of strong personalities on the county board.

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 Post subject: Re: Appalling prayer
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Sounds like a violation of the First Amendment. But not to worry, when's the last time anything happened as a result of prayer?

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 Post subject: Re: Appalling prayer
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A Response Letter in the May 20, 2008, Tomahawk Leader:

Taken out of context

To the Editor:

Former County Board member Mr. Powell’s portrayal of my statement (referred to in a letter last week) is taken out of context.
The meeting was a special meeting of the County Board to set goals for the upcoming term. Many good ideas surfaced. We covered everything, based on a perfect world. This meeting cost the taxpayers about $1,500.

My statement was “We can do all this planning, but that could all be changed if something drastic happened in the county such as a tornado or flood or whatever.”

In no way do I, would I or have I ever prayed for anything bad to happen anywhere to anyone or to anything. Not even the $6 million administration building as I had jested in humor.

The political arena can be a vicious company. Depending on their intentions, some folks will pounce upon comments made by someone trying to express an opinion or point.

There are some representatives who seldom, if ever speak at our meetings. Perhaps this is the reason? Even more tragic is the good people who refuse to get involved at all. Probably for the same reason.

This is not good for good representative government.

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David J. Fox
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