I'm sure that anyone who has ever gone on a vacation has come back thinking that it just wasn't long enough and I am certainly no exception to the rule as I have to honestly say that the past week spent at a lovely beach house in Rhode Island seemed to just fly by. I find it hard to believe that just last week at this time I was chatting with five of the nicest people I've ever met in a very cozy setting that included a chocolate-amaretto cake with Kahlua frosting that was beyond delicious. However, in the week that I've been gone, life has - of course - continued on its merry way and I got to come back to a bit of unpleasantness that I wanted to address and get out of the way before I fill you in on the last week and share some of the 750+ pictures that I took. As they say, it's business before pleasure ... or does this count as business after pleasure? Hmmm ...
At any rate, during the time I was away on September 17th, the State Police here in Connecticut made arrests in the August 28th shooting death of 2-year old Wyatt Matteau, a story that regular readers of my blog are, unfortunately, quite familiar with. The details of what actually happened on that fateful day, which were made available for public view in the court affidavit, are much worse than I ever could have imagined and solidly reinforced my opinion that the law needed to be upheld in this case no matter how much the parents were hurting over the loss of their son. Some things just boggle the mind and leave you wondering "why?" and this is certainly one of those things.
Other bloggers had asked me to let them know if anything happened with this case and that's what I'm doing with this post. I'm not going to go into the details of what happened, you're more than welcome to click on the above links as well as this link for an article where the child's uncle speaks out about the warnings he had given Wyatt's mother before the young boy so tragically shot himself in the face, but I will say that the whole situation is just beyond sad and was beyond preventable. Yet it happened and many lives will never be the same again. One will never be at all.
In the meantime while I was still on vacation, a website called BoycottNorwichBulletin.com wrote a post on September 18th where they stated that I was "making all kinds of shameful judgments on the Matteau family with not a single fact to back up her hurtful statements" in my post of September 2nd. In addition to that they went on to say that "The women is a dispatcher for American Ambulance and in our most humble opinion, a pretty heartless one at that. Alas she is the typical of those other liberal vultures and those that are posting in their comment section." (The poor grammar is theirs and not mine, by the way).
Ah, such a lovely thing to come home to ... not! So, before I write the post about my vacation that most of you would rather be reading I wanted to take the time to just point out a few things for the edification of the good folks over at BoycottNorwichBulletin.com who obviously have never read another single post in my blog and yet have chosen to make judgments of their own with no facts to back them up.
First and foremost, I made no shameful judgments on the Matteaus other than to say that they were responsible for the safety of their son and they failed miserably in that area. Anyone who would like a fact to back that up can read the above mentioned court affidavit where you'll find facts galore about the blatant irresponsibility of both parents.
Second, I am not a "heartless dispatcher" or human being in general. My heart breaks when I hear about these kinds of things and I think that anyone who knows me or has ever spent any time at all reading my blog could solidly back me up on that one. Just because I have an opinion when it comes to the simple keeping of a law that is designed to keep these sorts of tragedies from happening in the first place does not make me heartless which is defined as "without a heart; specifically, without feeling, emotion, or concern for others; uncaring". Whoever wrote that statement has no idea exactly how much concern for others I do have and I resent the implication of it being otherwise.
Third, I am not now nor have I ever been a liberal - vulture or otherwise. I don't get into politics on this blog as politics tend to put people at odds with each other faster than anything else I know but I will say that, for the most part, I am a conservative. If you want to know if I believe in gun laws then the answer is a resounding hell yeah! I believe that people have the Constitutional right to bear arms but if you're going to have guns, especially in a home that has small children, then you had damned well better take care to secure them properly. If believing that makes me a liberal then go ahead and call me that and I will take no offense at all, otherwise - once again - stop making judgments without any facts to back them up.
As for my association with the Norwich Bulletin, what I write on my blog is in no way, shape, or form reflective of their opinion or the opinions of their employees. It is my opinion - no one else's. Speaking of opinions, on all of the stories that The Bulletin has run regarding the Matteau case they have disabled their "story chat" feature that allows readers to post opinions to the story as they felt the parents had enough to go through without having more piled on them via reader's comments. Apparently they missed that fact over at BoycottNorwichBulletin.com as it was stated that there was "a whole new rash of posters that just seems to be flowing out of the woodwork or seeping up through the sewers." Uhm ... where? Not on any article about the Matteaus unless they got The Bulletin mixed up with The New London Day.
Another thing I would like to address is the statement that "We find it appalling that the posters at the Norwich Bulletin and other Blogggers are relishing and dancing on the grave of Wyatt so they can break the parents even more than they are broken now." NO ONE is relishing and/or dancing on the grave of Wyatt - NO ONE. People don't relish or dance on the graves of young children whose lives are cut short in accidents that could have been prevented had someone just been intelligent enough to realize that toddlers are curious and that telling them "no" is probably not going to be enough to keep them away from the object they want. Heck, that doesn't even require intelligence - it requires plain and simple common sense. If that's me being judgmental then so be it.
Finally, in closing, let me just say to Remad who posted the comment, "I know a good friend who heard that the american ambulance company is being flooded with telephone calls about Linda." - perhaps your good friend needs to recheck his/her sources as this statement is wrong. Yes, one person made a phone call to one of my supervisors but there was no basis for the complaint as I wrote my post on my own time at my own home on my own computer and I never attempted to speak for American Ambulance or any of its employees just like I never attempted to speak for The Bulletin and any of its employees.
I am certainly not foolish enough to think that my opinion is the only right one and that everyone is going to agree with me (that would just be silly) but I would really appreciate it if someone feels the need to lambaste me and drag me over the coals for one of my opinions that they please get their facts straight before doing so.
Oh, and for the record, I'm not "disgusting, cruel and unethical" either but if Zlynda wants to think so then that's certainly her opinion. Please forgive me if I beg to differ.