Jim Lehmann’s letter to the editor published on May 19 is most certainly an “attack letter!” Mr. Lehmann opines that Vernon Filan and others (that would include me) write letters “giving our opinions with unsupported and undocumented babblings.”
That statement by Mr. Lehmann is simply unsupported and undocumented. I have written many opinions, perhaps not as many as Mr. Filan, but certainly all with some dignity, all truthful and many with support and referencing.
I don’t always agree with Mr. Filan’s letters, but I most definitely support his right to give his opinion — in all forms. To say that Mr. Filan’s opinions are ill-conceived and are “bully” in nature are simply highly exaggerated and well over the top.
Mr. Lehmann suggests Mr. Filan “never” participates in an honest conversation about any fact or issue. That is also simply untrue and dishonest. How would Lehmann know that to be a fact? Is he around Mr. Filan on a daily basis? Does he engage in conversation with Mr. Filan? He certainly has not with me.
Mr. Lehmann seems to be attacking people who give their opinions. Why he doesn’t agree with them, he definitely does not have the right to blindly attack them! That certainly does not indicate working together to solve issues.
Did the Walla Walla School Board support the recent bond regarding Wa-Hi? Was Mr. Lehmann involved and did he support the bonds that were way over priced? Did the School Board and Mr. Lehmann support the levy for the pool that, along the way, became the waterpark? Were the Wa-Hi bonds not voted down more than once by the voters? How about the pool/waterpark? How about Edison?
Mr. Lehmann seems to be disgruntled about his efforts while serving on the School Board. I appreciate his service but I wouldn’t hope he wishes to be called a hero. Many people serve on boards, donate their time and/or money, volunteer on many important community affairs or projects (I do). But they do not attack others who simply write opinion letters to offer suggestions.
Mr. Lehmann was wrong to attack Vernon Filan for doing just that! He should apologize.