I am pleased that reports of America’s economic rebound have been proven correct. The economy is particularly strong in the Idaho community of Aberdeen. How do I know this? Because I have offered to give a resident of Aberdeen, one Monty Ledford, a free $100. All he has to do is refrain from writing a Letter to the Editor of the Idaho State Journal for one year. Idaho’s and America’s economy is so strong that Ledford is turning down free money. He prefers to bombard the Journal’s readers with his sophomoric, nineteenth-century view, primarily on, but not limited to, sex and LGBTQ issues.
In the middle of writing this letter the thought struck me maybe I was giving Ledford a bad rap. Maybe he wasn’t writing as many Letters to the Editor as I thought. So I checked. Don’t get the idea I’ve saved all his letters. I searched the Journal database. This is no bad rap. Before my pencil ran out of lead, I noted eight letters written in 2017, 15 letters in 2018, and two in the 15 days of 2019. This guy clearly thinks he’s Charles Dickens, who got paid by the word. Or James Patterson, who writes so many novels with so many co-authors I’ve lost interest and stopped reading his books.
My offer stands. If Ledford can abstain from writing a Letter to the Editor of the Journal between January 15, 2019 and January 15, 2020 I will pay him $100. I would consider it money well spent.