I would like to respond to Tami Jo Nix’s column in the Saturday, Nov. 24, paper. I will try to be as nice as possible.
When I was younger, my parents would give me advice on how to be a responsible and hardworking young man. My father was an outspoken man. I guess that is where I get my outspokenness from. In grade school, my teachers used to quote from the classic movie “Bambi,” when the mother deer would admonish Bambi, “If you cannot say anything nice, then you shouldn’t say anything at all.” With that said ...
I have read some of Tami Jo’s columns concerning Christianity, and particularly about the Catholic Church. I believe that if a person wishes to make a comment or state an opinion about Christianity in general, or about the Catholic Church in particular, that person should first investigate and have an understanding of the faith they are referring to. Especially when they are planning to print said opinion in the newspaper.
Christianity, more specifically the Catholic Church, has been around for more than 2,000 years. It is apparent that Tami Jo Nix has very little knowledge of the Catholic faith that I, and thousands of other Maderans, hold so dear.
I do not take what she says very seriously, but I do find them to be very offensive.
On Saturday, Tami Jo further insulted people of faith who call in to the Red Line to complain about her columns, by implying that we have a lack of courage because our comments can be left anonymously.
As a Catholic Christian, I can tell you that we people of faith do not have a lack of courage. Our Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, endows us with gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and fear of the Lord, (Isaiah 11:2); as well as piety. The fruits of this are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). It is in this spirit that I write to you today.
I myself have often left comments on the Red Line ... not due to a lack of courage, but due to the ease of the Red Line and the speed in which my feedback can be heard. Calling the Red Line happens to be faster and easier for me, but since Tami Jo wants to see a Catholic Christian stand up and not remain anonymous, I am happy to oblige.
The fact that the editor of The Madera Tribune would even allow her to write columns which trash my faith (and the faith of thousands of Maderans) is reprehensible. If Tami Jo would write a negative article about the Freemasons in Madera or any other group that the editor protects so as not to offend a financially influential group in the community, I would hazard a guess that she would be fired. Why then do you allow her to trash the faith of the many Catholic Christians in our community?
I believe that Tami Jo has a negative effect on this paper and community.
My advice to the editor is that if Tami Jo wants to give her opinion about Catholics or other Christians, you should require her to research her topic, to actually speak to someone who truly knows their faith and try to understand the issue that she wishes to write about.
All Catholic Christians in this community should call in or write in to the Tribune office, and stop all financial contributions subscriptions to this paper until the ignorance and insults stop. This will be my course of action until you rein in your columnist.