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December 16, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: How about handing dispute to panel?

— In her Dec. 9 letter attacking my letter of Dec. 2, Bobbi Fisher says, “I thought my days of responding to the erroneous ramblings of Mr. Bowyer and Mr. Julian were over … but I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame.” She is thus claiming that I have invented a considerable number of facts, a serious charge which she does not bother to explain.

Fisher also says that my comment about Lincoln and the slavery issue is “inaccurate.” In other words, I made that up as well.

Arguing the finer points of Civil War history would waste newspaper space and bore most readers. I therefore suggest creating a panel of two or three people, with a good knowledge of history to hear the Fisher charges.

She could spell out all of the “erroneous ramblings” that I have supposedly made as well as documented proof of her Lincoln statement. The panel could rule that one of us is correct (or declare a draw). The loser would contribute $25 to a charity chosen by the winner. I further suggest that Ms. Fisher contact the editor, Mr. Hawes, to discuss creation of the panel.

In an earlier Pharos-Tribune letter, Ms. Fisher stated that anyone who disagreed with her views should “go back to government class and learn a few things.” Under such circumstances, I am sure she will welcome this novel way of demonstrating her expertise in American history.

R.W. Julian, Logansport

 

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