And if you don't like what I have to say, or how I say it, then I am fair game. Give me your best shot. I might have something to say about it, but I'm not going to complain.
But when you go after other people with the purpose of getting at me, then we're going to have a problem. And when that person is a 90 year old man celebrated the world over for a nearly unbelievable act of courage, one that saved the life of a small child, and whose apparent "crime" was to invite me to ride with him in our 4th of July parade, then it is time for us to have a conversation.
Last evening I received the following e-mail from Diane Shear, the wife of John Shear, Sierra Madre's Hometown Hero. Here is what she said:
For Terry Miller to use John Shear's participation in our 4th of July parade as a forum to attack you is wrong. And for him to slander the impeccably humane reputation of Santa Anita Racetrack as a way of getting at you through John Shear, is also wrong. Santa Anita is famous for its kindness to the horses that race there. To equate them with the likes of Have Trunk Will Travel and how they treat elephants is malicious slander.
John called Mike Wilman, who is the head of publicity and has been instrumental in most of the press releases on John's heroism at Santa Anita last March. Santa Anita is not going to be happy at all with this. Mary Saenz has been informed and I'm sure most of the turf writers in the press box will be made aware of this as well. I'm sure Mr. George Haines and the Mayor of Arcadia, Gary Kovacic, will be informed as well. Best to let them deal with this unfortunate "opinion article." They will do just that.
Many Sierra Madreans are involved in the sport of horse racing, including John Shear, Pete Sieberal, Emily and Richard Duggan, Gary Stevens, Mike Smith, and scores of others. The sport of kings has been very generous to this town. And Santa Anita has been a strong supporter of Arcadia as well.
Santa Anita and other racetracks in California have spent millions of dollars to make safer tracks and rules for racing horses. Terry's attack was very unfair and deceptive.
Terry Miller was way out of line. Terry is just plain wrong.
I don't think there is very much to add. But there is one thing I would like to say. I cannot understand why Von Raess has allowed Terry Miller to turn the Sierra Madre Weekly and other Beacon Media publications into latter day versions of The Cumquat. Maybe he just isn't around the office that much anymore, and figures the help will maintain the place and keep depositing checks into his bank account.
Perhaps this incident will awaken him to the insane mess his little empire has become.