02/21/2011: "I Have A Voice"
An Open Letter To The Community:
I need to have a voice in this small community but as of late have none, So I will try here to defend myself from all the vicious rumors that go unchallenged yet are so easily repeated as if they are truth.
My mother died some time back.I Loved her with all my heart and would of done anything for her. I was asked to move back here by my father, and gave up a great career/free health care on the mainland and a home I worked hard to own, did it all on my own without help from anyone.
Coming back really set us back financially, sold my home at little profit as it was a lousy market and was just glad to not have the extra debt. I had medical bills to pay,and paid off high interest loans, leaving us with nothing left at the end of the day.
I had no input as to my mothers burial plans and would of given her the moon had I possessed it, but I was broke and had no extra cash to help with burial. I understand there are rumors going around that I never cared for her, that I just simply refused to pay for her funeral. Heartless lies and vicious rumors are all these are,and hurt me greatly.
Many a time over the life of my mom I had been there for her, financially and emotionally. Amazing the ability of some to hurt another with lies and hateful words. Mom knows I loved her no one can rob me of that.
Also rumored is that my wife "Robbed from a dead woman", another Lie, she helped after being asked to clean out moms home weeks after mom died. Truth be known I went in the day after mom died, retrieving a TV I had let her borrow. My wife bought my mom most. if not all. of the jewelry she owned, we had spoiled my mom rotten for years, the last thing either of us would've done is take what we had given to her over the years.
Amazing the capacity of people thinking its OK to tell a lie, worse that others find it acceptable to perpetuate these lies. they are cruel , hateful and hurtful.
I have a voice, and I have something to say about these lies!
Richard Lawson Jr
San Juan Island