Letters to the Editor: Adamini intent clear

To the Journal editor:

In May 1970, four innocent students were killed by the National Guard at Kent State in Ohio. We have never had a satisfactory explanation, nor has anyone taken responsibility for the order to fire on American citizens.

A few days ago Dan Adamini, a member of your community, a former radio commentator and former chairman of the Marquette County Republican Party, called for a repeat of this outrage, saying “Violent protesters who shut down free speech? Time for another Kent State, perhaps. One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.”

He now claims his words were misconstrued “while I do not condone violence, calling for a violent response to violent behavior only escalates violence.”

Sorry Mr. Adamini, your intent is clear, you are calling for the murder of those practicing free speech. He also says “… I fear… we might see the same type of tragic end” without recognizing that the culmination of years of protest resulted in the end of the Vietnam war, and the resignation, in disgrace, of Richard Nixon (following Watergate).

A man who was proven to be a liar, kept an enemies list, considered the media to be his enemy, and whose tape recordings revealed his true character.

Sound familiar? Mr. Adamini has good reason to fear, what is to him, a tragic end. I welcome free speech, and dream of a future that allows for difference of opinion based on facts, without threats of violence.

Mr. Adamini, I am an honorable man, the least I expect from others is honorable behavior. You have failed in meeting my minimum expectation.

Bernel Bayliss

Minneapolis