Jim Finkestein and I don’t have much in common, at least when it comes to politics, but we sure do agree regarding what he stated in his fine Albany Journal article last week about Michael Vick. The more that I see in the papers and on TV, especially when he is being interviewed, has caused me to adjust my thinking.
A few weeks ago, as some of you know, I wrote about Michael Vick, only trying to express the fact that I thought he was being punished more than he should be as compared to what some hardened criminals, and some murderers. But when a person finds out that Vick, himself, was torturing and killing these animals, which I didn’t realize, I feel a lot differently. He may not be getting ENOUGH punishment!
As Jim stated, anyone who would do something like he personally did, or had others do, has got a problem that I don’t think can be fixed by any prison time or any amount of so-called rehabilitation. I, too, am now of the opinion that Vick is a Ted Bundy type that is beyond help.
Next time that you see Vick on TV being interviewed about this matter, watch how he speaks and carefully look at him and try to determine he is meaning what he says and is really remorseful about all that he has done to these dogs. I have done that and I have convinced myself that he doesn’t really mean it and really doesn’t get what a terrible, disgusting, cruel, unhumanlike thing he has done. To me, associating with him would almost be like trying to be best friends with someone you knew for sure had tortured other human beings. Think about it. What kind of person could do some of the things, which he admitted doing, to those dogs? If you were standing there as he, or the others involved, were doing this, just how would you feel? Would you think that these people, old enough to know right from wrong, were just being boys and having fun? I think not.
I cannot imagine football fans accepting him back, can you? I could be wrong, but I don’t think he will be in professional sports very long because I think the fans will boo him right off of the field! Time will tell how the fans will react. I am anxious to see how things play out. All I know is that I have made up my mind that I won’t be part of it and won’t be attending kind of sports event, or anything else, for that matter, in which he is involved.
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.