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Letter to the Editor,
I am writing this letter in response to the two articles you have written about my legal situation. While I don’t deny I broke some laws, and I am going to prison for those actions, I find it a bit perplexing that neither time was there any attempt by this newspaper to contact me for any comment or explanation.
This story has some sensationalism attached to it and I know that is what sells papers. However, I would be remiss to not point out that the 21 years me and my family have lived in Water Valley, you have never felt the need to interview, in spite of the many good contributions we have made to this community.
I have treated tens of thousands of patients and performed thousands of surgeries on patients in one of the most underserved areas in the country. Many of these patients had no, or poor insurance coverage. They were treated in spite of their ability to pay their bills.
In addition, my wife and I became a Foster Family for DHS and fostered 11 children and eventually adopted seven of the children. We also volunteered to host over 20 exchange students in a program through the U.S. State Department. These students were hosted for one year of high school at our personal expense, exposing the students in Water Valley High School to other cultures from all over the world.
Lastly, we have donated to the WV high school sports programs (football, baseball, basketball) including some of the renovation cost for the field house.
I don’t bring these up for public recognition, but it does make me wonder why some of those events in my life were not worth an interview or story by your newspaper.
Again, I did break the law and am taking responsibility for that, and I am going to be punished with imprisonment followed by a hefty fine. But, in the future, maybe consider some positive stories about our citizens and not just our mistakes.
Carey Craig Williams