Wednesday, November 14, 2001
I would like to publicly apologize to Ms. Doti Miles (Our Readers Write, Nov. 7) for giving her the impression I am trying to exclude her from our community. That was certainly not my intent in writing to express my concerns about the Wal-Mart corporation's plans.
When I questioned Wal-Mart's level of interest in what our community thinks about the proposal to build and move into a much larger facility while deserting their current store it was not my goal to speak for every individual in our community.
By their very nature, communities are comprised of individuals with many different views on any given subject. In writing my letter to the Hood River News I hoped to express my view in an effort to stimulate further thought & discussion on the subject.
Judging by some of the letters printed since that time there are others who share at least some of the same concerns I do. There are also those that do not. This is what I would hope for, and expect from any community, ours included.
For future clarity I will rely on the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary definition of we: I and the rest of a group that includes me: you and I: you and I and another or others: I and another or others not including you.