One comment: She mentions “bloggers” saying this and that when I think she’s mostly referring to those who comment on blogs and at the AJC. People commenting anonymously say things without the restraint of ever having to face those they are commenting about. I (and all the other Peach Pundit front pagers) blog under our own name and right or wrong we are held accountable for what we write. While Deal should be scrutinized for what he’s done, some forget there are real people out there who have been drug into this without asking to be.
Here’s a bit of the letter:
I didn’t realize the severity of the financial situation that my parents are in until recently. Now before you attack me on this, the reason for that is because it was never my business until the paper made it my business. What my parents choose to spend their hard-earned money on is their business, not mine and definitely not the media’s. I personally feel that this situation should have never been made public, however, the irreparable damage has been done. One blogger on the AJC questioned how the other siblings felt about this mess. So to answer the question I’ve been asking myself of where does this leave me financially, I can only say that I don’t know. I have struggled the past several days with my feelings on the topic and have concluded that it just doesn’t matter. What matters to me is surviving this political nightmare with my family intact, despite the media’s attempts to make sure that doesn’t happen. While I’m not pleased with what has happened in my family’s business dealings, I am more displeased at the attempts to turn the issue into an attack on my dad’s morals and ethics. Someone please explain to me how guaranteeing your lifelong earnings to support your daughter’s valiant attempts at a business, survive or fail, is an ethical wrongdoing?! Perhaps I’m ignorant because I don’t understand how that can be taken as anything but humble and selfless. My parents have always done without so that we could be provided for…not spoiled…but provided for. I will agree with all you naysayers that this venture goes way beyond what I can even contemplate in my tiny income-earning mind, so it does seem huge. However, my parents made this decision together to invest in my sister’s business. It was not and is still not anyone’s decision but theirs. I believe that no one is entitled to tell anyone else what to do, where to live, who to be, or how to spend their money…not me, not you, not anyone.