These attacks, of course, have been in the Rants and Raves column of The Chronicle. The Rants and Raves column does serve a purpose in that it is where petty and pitiful whiners are allowed to blow off steam with no compromise to themselves. More times than not it becomes a nesting place for babbling idiots. If you are going to launch a personal attack, as we have seen against Mr. Kirby, you are a coward to do so without putting your name to it, thus it has no merit.
Mr. Kirby is a person of excellent character and high morals. These qualities are obvious by the content of his column. He writes in a style that is a reminder of a better time, a style of innocence that we all could use a bit more of. I find his column to be a welcome departure from the brutalities that we deal on a daily basis.
If you complainers would remove the barbed wire from your heart and soul, perhaps you could also hear the message from Mr. Kirby. In essence, he's trying to tell you life should be simpler, learn to enjoy it, don't take things so seriously and learn to relax.
I feel we are fortunate that The Augusta Chronicle provides space for a column of this type. I encourage Mr. Kirby to not allow the comments made by these weak and sorrowful few to cause him to change anything about his style.
Ernie McFerrin, North Augusta, S.C.