Editorial submitted by Conrad Doyle
So many choices, so many questions, so many possibilities, so many "powerful" people...Where to begin...Where will it end...
Such are the questions publishers from all across the nation are asking.
The Meade County Messenger is no longer famous just for its longevity and numerous awards earned over the years. It has now become "Ground Zero" as the eyes of the nation are watching and waiting to see if an elected Commonwealth Attorney remains in his position after he weaponized a judicial body, i.e. a Grand Jury claiming " members of the Grand Jury asked me to investigate Mr. Doyle because of the threat he put in the paper to shoot a public official".
Anyone with an IQ of 5 could tell you, there was no threat to any public official. Despite the incessant and obnoxious public crusade of twisted thoughts and asinine assertions by the host of a local radio program, the Grand Jury confirmed what all intelligent readers already knew... there was no threat to anyone, only a promise that I will protect me and mine from anyone entering my home with the intent to steal medications or possessions.
If you had told me back in Oct. 2019 that my identity would become the subject of a Grand Jury subpoena, I would have laughed at you. Individuals have, for hundreds of years, written articles, books and editorials using a pseudonym. To this day, the identity of many of the authors of some of the Books of the Bible remain unknown.
Also, of particular interest, (in light of the claims made by a DA) Frankenstein, yes that evil, sinister yet compelling Gothic thriller, was originally written anonymously. (If that writer had written about this evil creature today, and printed it in The Meade County Messenger, heads would roll).
I encourage you to revisit/reread The article that was printed in the March 5, 2020 edition of The Meade County Messenger titled:
HB202: An ACT relating to controlled substances and prescription pill counts for pain management facility patients.
The next week my article was titled: Bullying, threatening and intimidation: behaviors not allowed unless you are a local leader or politician.
Then, as reported by Mr. Hobbs in his article dated March 18, 2020:
"The political playbook: power trip 101", the "good ol' boy" politics that has long been how most folks describe the political manipulations that have gone hand in hand with the local politicians and "wanna b's" for decades.
He gives an overview of the actions and tactics used to try to force the publisher and writers into submission. When all attempts failed, Mr. Hobbs describes in his article "So it was of little surprise when a prominent Meade County lawyer moseyed into our office a couple of weeks ago talking about he doesn't want to sue the paper, but the Judge is trying to get a group to do just that."
Well, since that did not illicit a call from the publisher to his office, he then two days later sent her a "friendly" text... the content of which is best saved for a Grand Jury conversation. Can't help but wonder if he was attempting to give her a "heads up" or a "warning" but it doesn't matter at this point, the plan had already been put into motion.
Then comes, Monday, March 9, 2020 and a Grand Jury Subpoena is served.
Stay tuned for next week when we will visit the connections of this "powerful political posse' (yes the title is sarcasm) but the next questions are not:
HOW MUCH DID THIS BOGUS, LEGAL SHENANIGAN COST THE TAX-PAYERS?
HOW DID THE HOST OF AN HOUR LONG OPINION SHOW KNOW THE GRAND JURY WAS MEETING OR HAD MET ON MONDAY AUGUST 3, 2020 WHEN THE SUBJECT OF THE ISSUED SUBPOENA WAS NEVER INFORMED AND DID NOT EVEN MEET WITH THE GRAND JURY?
IS COWARD CONRAD OF CRAWFORD COUNTY A COUSIN TO CANDIDATE CHISM?