While I disagreed with Doug’s recent editorials and memes regarding white supremacy and racism, I’m writing to speak to the fundamental decency of the man, of his great qualities as a friend and neighbor. When I was a freshman at College of the Canyons, just 19, with no real resume other than my experience as Bugs Bunny at Magic Mountain, Doug took me on as a reporter and columnist for the Gazette.
This wonderful opportunity gave me a chance to sharpen my skills, improve my arguments and writing ability. Years later, it turned into jobs at The Signal and UCLA’s Blueprint Magazine, as well as a position as a syndicated columnist for Cagle Cartoons.
Doug took a chance on me, even though my writing regularly gave him heartburn, since we differ very much politically. But he was able to look past my politics and be a wonderful mentor anyway. I’ll always be grateful for that. If we had more folks like him in our communities, America would be a much gentler place.
Rather than launch a boycott of the Gazette, Doug’s critics would be wiser to send in their own written pieces offering a different point of view. This paper has a strong, admirable commitment to exploring all sides of an issue, a commitment that is one small, but meaningful step towards ensuring the health of our democracy. I believe anyone who disagrees with Doug’s editorials would find it very productive to join in the conversation, rather than trying to shut it down altogether.
Doug had the decency to look past my own ideology and lack of experience, and give me a chance and a canvass to produce my work. I hope he considers this my own small way of paying it forward.
RE: Turner’s Outdoorsman Add – Sept 26th edition
I respectfully request that:
if you are going to accept advertisements from this company for publication, you do not include the ads for gun purchases. Why not suggest they follow Walmart’s example of no longer selling (or advertising) these items that result in the death of children at school and families at community festivals.
(Please do not publish my name….I don’t want the gun enthusiasts coming after me, verbally or in person.)