Jerry Neal, candidate for State Senate District 14 reports that he delivered the following letter to the Sentinel-Record but was told by a staff person that it would NOT be published. That being the case, it seemed good to publish it here:
Letter to the Editor, Sentinel-Record Feb. 26, 2014
Regarding your article about political races in today’s Sentinel-Record, I have some questions. Did you purposely omit my wife’s professional designation because one of the issues in the state senate campaign is healthcare? My wife, Edith Fraley, is a medical doctor. She is a plumber’s daughter who worked her way through college, graduate school, and medical school. She is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Arkansas National Guard, who joined the military after September 11th and has braved enemy fire in three Middle East war zone deployments. She deserves respect. How often do you mention physicians or military officers in you newspaper without giving them the courtesy of their professional designations?
Why did you describe me as a retired accountant, not as a retired Certified Public Accountant? I was a partner in a CPA firm and a peer reviewer of other CPA firms. If space was a problem in your article, you could have used the letters ‘CPA,’ which take less space than the word ‘accountant.’
Why did you omit the fact that I am Treasurer of the Garland County Republican Committee? I have been active in Hot Springs as well as in Hot Springs Village.
You quoted Senator Sample’s description of my position on the Private Option, but you omitted my description of the Private Option. I said that it is actually the implementation of ObamaCare in Arkansas.
All of this information, with the exception of that concerning my wife’s early life, was provided to your reporter in writing the day before you published the article.
Candidate for State Senate District 14