On April 22, 2015, I received an unexpected phone call from my sister. She told me that I needed to get to Nashville, TN as soon as possible, that my father was ill, and he was not expected to make it. I immediately got on a plane and arrived in Nashville at midnight. As I traveled through the dark streets of Nashville, I remembered a conversation that I had recently with Monte Anderson. “Sometimes you just have to let go and start anew,” he stated to me. “We both have more in common than we think; we want the best for Duncanville.”
Sitting in the hospital, holding my father’s hand, that conversation kept running through my head. I thought about what he said about The Suburban Newspaper being one-sided, telling lies, etc. I honestly believe that we have not told lies, maybe we were one-sided at times, but I know since I have been doing the paper, I have checked and double-checked my facts before going to press.
There are those who spread rumors that the Suburban’s goal is to exert ‘power and control’ over the city council, and that the Suburban will not print letters or stories from ‘the other side’ of the issues. This could not be farther from the truth. It is, and always has been, the policy that any view is welcome as long as it is not simply name-calling or rumor-mongering. This policy and the call for opposing views have been printed more than once in the Suburban.
That being said, the citizens of Duncanville have once again decided who they wish to lead our city government. No doubt issues will arise that need to be investigated, but when that happens, there will be a diligent effort to contact, discuss and disclose ALL sides of those issues. ALL sides. I will not be silent when I see something I think is wrong, and I hope those with opposing views will not be silent either. If nobody talks to me, you can’t blame me for being ‘one-sided’.
I want to thank all those who sent cards, called and kept my family and me in their prayers concerning my father’s death. It is gratifying and humbling to know I am part of this wonderful community that is Duncanville.