Giving credit where it’s due
This is an epilogue to the letter from Laicita Cook (dated April 25) under the headline “Michael Smith’s contribution.” This may not be eloquent, but it is a reminder of what heartless people can do when it serves their selfish purpose.
As I read the article about Pine Hill Park on Page A11 of the Rutland Herald on April 21, I wondered, “Who are these people (the reporters Haley and Shramek) and what planet did they come from?” Do they think someone waved a magic wand and created Pine Hill Park, and do they know how many man-hours Mayor Christopher Louras and EJay Bishop spent down there through many years with shovels, pickaxes and such? This is a project that has taken many years of vision and hard work.
Someone who plagiarizes the words of another might pay a price for their actions in a court of law. What happens to the culprits who take full credit for the ideas, labor and accomplishments of someone or deeply damage someone’s reputation just to suit their purpose?
May God bless you, Michael Smith, for your truly amazing ideas and work. Rutland City is a better place because of it. Hopefully, someday you will be justly rewarded for your accomplishments, but, in the meantime, hold your head high because God and many of us mortals know how Pine Hill Park came to fruition.
BETTY ANN MARTIN