In the January 19th edition of the Herald, Mickey Howley used his weekly column to accuse four young Oxford men of looking to break the Golden Rule. After thinking about this for two weeks and the ensuing controversy that Mickey caused along with Coulter Fussell’s article maligning the character and motives of these four men, I have to wonder, who is really breaking the Golden Rule? The things written about these men in the Herald are based upon unfounded assumptions.
We do not know if they are “looking to break the Golden Rule.”
We do not know if “They want to make money first and foremost and they don’t care who it hurts in the process.”
We do not know if they do not care about Water Valley. We do not know if “Golden Wing plans to take what little gold there is held by poor and transient folks and fly the profit back to Oxford and ignore the Golden Rule.”
We do not know that “these guys from Oxford (are) coming into Water Valley and using our town as a dumping ground for a business venture not wanted in their community.”
We do not know that these men are “slumlords.” Slumlords is a very derogatory name for these men. But those are the dogmatic accusations made against them by Mickey Howley and Coulter Fussell in their weekly articles in the North Mississippi Herald.
If we had the opportunity to judge these four men fairly, we might discover that we like them better than we do Mickey Howley and Coulter Fussell. However, we will never get the opportunity to judge them fairly because of the way that Mickey Howley and Coulter Fussell have already impugned their motives and defamed their character in the North Mississippi Herald.
/s/ Harold Spraberry