Letter: Dubey abused his position in making comments
For 37 years, Mathews Market Days has been a fun, community-oriented fair, offering something for everyone—art, games, music, handicrafts, history, folklore, food and even politics.
This year, Mr. Art Dubey, chairman of the Mathews Market Days Committee, spoiled a portion of the political aspect by abusing his position at the podium by endorsing the incumbent candidate for Mathews County Sheriff. Also, Mr. Dubey opined that the sheriff’s opponent was "across the street" and therefore not a part of Market Days. As representative of a non-political entity, he should have exercised more decorum and refrained from obnoxiousness. Thankfully, relatively few people were paying attention to his remarks; but still, the other committeemen should reprimand Mr. Dubey now so that his actions are not repeated in the future.
On a related note, this incident was reported by Ms. Sherry Hamilton in last week’s Gazette-Journal in her article on this year’s Market Days events. Out of all the possible words spoken by a number of politicians on that day, Ms. Hamilton chose to mention those of the improper Mr. Dubey. It appears as though Ms. Hamilton may have abused her position at the podium of print, something not usually witnessed in our good local newspaper.
Politics, mostly, is a hateful enterprise that Virginians must endure every year. If we can all remember how to behave properly, then perhaps politics can be more palatable.
Robert and Robin Thompson