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David Habiger, Amenia, Letter: All they can do is cut down a good man

You recently printed letters from Annie Hill and Mary Nichols. Both of these misguided women are spreading outlandish lies about me, a legend in his own time.

You recently printed letters from Annie Hill and Mary Nichols. Both of these misguided women are spreading outlandish lies about me, a legend in his own time.

You ladies seem to do a good job cutting down my good name. Would you be satisfied if we all rode bicycles? You refuse to see the good. You condemn my salvage yard. If you were only to walk through my tree claim, you would see the many different varieties of birds, hear the owls, the woodpeckers and the occasional bald eagle. You would see the different varieties of flowers - life all around. Many of God's precious critters ... or have you even noticed my 120-year-old cottonwood tree, which was standing tall in 1943?

My question is, What have you done to recycle? Nothing. Sit on your duffs cutting a good man down. I've cleaned up most everything around for miles, which has helped increase property values. How about all the money I've put back in our local economy paying taxes, buying gas, fuel oil, parts, tires, repairs and gravel? It's food, clothes, hiring people.

When we crushed at my place last time alone, Cenex sold 400 gallons of No. 2 fuel at nearly $4 a gallon, food, supplies and repairs. I gave the money to those in need.

None so blind as those who can't see. It isn't as it seems, and we deserve some credit.

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You're trying to keep a good man down, but trying to stop me is like trying to stop a D-14 Caterpillar at full throttle and in low gear. Like the D-14 Cat, what I have is the truth on my side and will always win out. I have backbone and don't back down, and people can talk on radio supporting me because they believe in me, and these ladies are cowards and don't have backbone enough to confront me face to face.

Get the timber out of your eye before you condemn me, you hypocrites. Just like the people in Jenny C. Riley's song "Harper Valley PTA": You're not a second-class citizen because you operate a salvage yard, and what about the money I put into our local bank and the loans that I have all paid back?

Back off.

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