IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT: As you, my fabulous readers may recall, on March 18
I posted on this blog a stinging rebuke of Dudley Sharp, the capital punishment advocate
who had responded to my two articles on Sister Helen Prejean's visit to Milwaukee, her
work for abolition of capital punishment, and my own opposition to this form of punish-
ment. I posted my smackdown after e-mailing an invitation to Dudley Sharp to discuss
our differences on the death penalty, Dudley in advocation and your tenacious Peasant
in opposition, on February 8 and not hearing back.
My article of reproach drew another response from Dudley. He posted this to my comment
"More than happy to have an open discussion. I don't recall ever getting a note from you.
I don't refuse open discussions.
My suggestion of fact checking was based upon facts, not snobbery.
Sincerely, Dudley Sharp"
After promptly e-mailing Dudley to inquire as to why he didn't receive my e-letter, he
informed your dilligent Peasant that he had, in fact, for some inexplicable reason, lost
many of his e-mails in his inbox. It sounded like a mysterious technical hiccup; this IS
a very serious problem that can, and does, befall people who are online. Dudley has
both my sympathy and understanding, and I ask you, my beloved readers, to give him
yours as well. This, then, is the reason that I haven't heard from Dudley Sharp re: my
invitation to dialogue in cyberspace. Happily, we have been able to sort things out in
our subsequent e-correspondence (and of course his internet service cooperating all
the while!). I asked Dudley if he'd like to have the e-letter in question sent again and
he gratefully accepted. Upon his safely receiveing it, Dudley thanked me and he told
me that he could understand why I thought he was trying to play a game at my (and
your) expense. I said that we shall "wipe the slate clean" and begin again, and I ask
you, my beloved readers, to join me in giving Dudley Sharp a full and fair opportunity
to present his counterargument to my reasons for abolishing capital punishment.
After all, Your faithful Peasant established this blog for the sake of open and honest
discussion --- so now we'll wait to see what Dudley Sharp has to offer for his part in
our discussion of this controversial and riveting issue. We shall erase the past and
give our guest a warm welcome.
Now, since your friendly neighborhood Peasant is no technical wizzard, I shall post the
quoted content of our discourse here in this blog from our e-correspondence (yes, I
know we'll be taking a big risk, given what happened re: Dudley's e-mail woes, but
if in the meantime I discover a way to host the whole conversation right here on this
blog then of course I shall do so with alacrity!). For now, please join your favorite
Peasant in welcoming Dudley Sharp anew, and we'll await his offerings.
Let the dialogue begin!