In the manner of a true cheap shot artist, Mike Smedley, aka Mr. Action Line, used his column of Sept. 6 to take another one. Of course, he didnt call it a cheap shot. He called it getting in the last word. Whatever.
Smedley was jabbing me for an e-mail I had sent to him regarding his cheap shot the week before aimed at people involved in the tea party movement. I had chosen not to send a letter to the editor at that time, but instead contacted him personally via his Action Line e-mail address. My intent was to share my concerns without embarrassing him in front of the Herald readership. Apparently, he misunderstood that intent and published parts of my letter, along with some of his own political commentary.
I dont mind that he printed some of my letter, as I stand by its content. Unfortunately, he couldnt resist taking another shot.
Smedley said, Doesnt anyone see the irony when a political movement wont tolerate being called intolerant? Then he went on to make some sarcastic remarks about Labor Day and why it must be especially difficult for the tea party faithful. It was a bit of a stretch, but when youre trying to demean others rather than respecting their opinions, and when you have your own column in the local newspaper, I guess you can say pretty much whatever you want.
However, the result is not particularly attractive when your column is not typically political in nature, but usually deals with parking spaces, road signs and the like.
Finally, my husband, Jim, was pretty irritated with Mr. Action Line. I found it to be rather endearing, because I think he often wishes I would just keep my opinions to myself instead of zipping off letters to the editor.
Jim commented, Smedley should change the name of his column from Action Line to Cheap Shots. And tell him I said so.
Susan Hamilton, Durango