Only half the story


From: Harlan Peterson

What a cute picture of the Rushford dog and child…and what an interesting article. My sister in Winona had alerted me to this situation some time ago (I now live in Arvada, Colo.) and how distressing it has been to our lifelong friends in Rushford Village. In fear of being attacked by Mr. Williams’ dogs, they do not even dare to go out in their backyard.

I could not help but think of the proverb, “The person who tells one side of a story seems right, until someone else comes and asks questions.” And so I ask you, Amelia Wedemeyer, did you take the time to go to Rushford and ask questions of the surrounding neighbors?

It is most every homeowner’s nightmare to have lived somewhere for 25 years or so, and then have someone move in next door who is more suited to living apart from others out in the country somewhere. Vicious and noisy dogs, when out in a poorly fenced backyard, do not make for good neighbors.

Yes, I’ve only heard one side of the story as well. But after knowing these people since the 1960s, I’ll put my trust in their version of the facts.

Every so often, we are reminded that you can’t believe everything you read, but you have to know the other side of the story to realize that. Your article on this situation has been another reminder of that. Anyone looking for new neighbors?


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