Advocate admits to past mistakes, now devotes himself to improving conditions for children

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EDITOR:
I debated whether or not to write this. Normally I don’t respond
to outlandish and unfair accusations. But this time the stakes are
too high.
EDITOR:

I debated whether or not to write this. Normally I don’t respond to outlandish and unfair accusations. But this time the stakes are too high.

Two new government reports say that local kids are being made very sick.

Calling me names in the paper and comparing me to two mass murderers is Joseph Thompson’s prerogative.

Two decades ago I made a younger man’s error which I’ve apologized for. My attorney advised me then to file a corporate document that was incorrect. I admitted my error because it was true, and then I repaid society and the debt that Mr. Thompson felt that I owed his law firm.

Mr. Thompson writes frequently to this newspaper about topics which affect his clients. I speak out about issues that affect children’s health, public safety and the environment, for which I neither receive, nor ever ask for any compensation.

Although, too lengthy to list, in his recent letter about me, Mr. Thompson listed six errors of factual reality, a total distortion of truth, and created a tone designed to divert attention away from issues that are making children sick. He also did this in the past, when I fought against radiation near kids’ classrooms.

It all begs the question, why?

It does not matter to me what special interests Mr. Thompson represents and I wish him only the best in his pursuit of happiness.

But what does really matter is that people working together can and do make a positive difference in the lives of those that are most vulnerable on this planet.

Chis Cote, Gilroy

Submitted Thursday, Nov. 20, to [email protected]

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