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In a recent letter to the editor Mr. Langley felt it necessary to “correct the record” regarding a letter that I had written concerning the culture of former Sheriff Thoubboron in which Mr. Langley spent most of his career as Deputy for the Putnam County Sheriff Department. His letter opened by addressing me as “Letter writer” instead of Mr., an obvious indication of disrespect, and incorrectly stated that the intent of my letter was to address the case of Thomas v. Putnam County, which is untrue. Also, stating that a correction is necessary implied that my statements was false. As nothing I said was untrue, I take this as an attack on my personal character as a citizen and business owner of Putnam County.
The intention of my letter was to compare the culture of the Sheriff Department before and after Sheriff Smith was elected in 2001. It stated that Governor Pataki launched an investigation into the department after more than 14 complaints and lawsuits had been filed within a 5 year period for allegations including of civil rights violations, wrongful arrests, intimate relations of members of the department with a woman of questionable character, etc. and even Langley himself was named as a defendant in one of those suits. Litigation against the County was rampant at the time and it was a culture that residents of Putnam County would never want to see again, nor would the members of the department.
There is nothing to correct as everything I said was true. Mr. Langley, why did you feel it necessary to not only misstate the purpose of my letter but also to assassinate my character by stating what I said required correction? Was your mudslinging campaign against Don Smith not sufficient that you found it necessary to attack a nonpublic person such as myself causing my family, friends and clients to question my reputation and character?
Mr. Langley, you owe me a written public apology printed in every news media read throughout Putnam county and on the internet.
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