Letter: Snidely Whiplash or Dudley Do-Right?
Snidely Whiplash or Dudley Do-Right?
Andy Stone wrote a nasty column about my husband last week. He compared Dwayne to Snidely Whiplash, the dastardly villain from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. That was kind of funny; in fact I have to thank Mr. Stone for that because Dwayne has finally decided on his next Halloween costume.
However, what was Andy really saying about Dwayne? Andy was insinuating that my husband is an untrustworthy evildoer.
Well, here’s what I have to say to you, Andy Stone.
Mr. Stone, you have never met my husband. If you had, you might have found him to be a man of integrity and deep commitment. You stated that Dwayne has an impressive resume. He does, and I wonder if you even understand what it takes for someone to have a resume like Dwayne’s. Do you know what it means to be accepted and graduate from West Point? Did you know that Dwayne is an Army Ranger, and did you know that he was named the Distinguished Officer Honor Graduate of his Ranger class? Do you have any clue in what it takes to achieve this?
Did you know that Dwayne led soldiers in combat in the first Gulf War in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star along the way? I wonder what you were doing, Mr. Stone, while Dwayne was serving you as an officer in our military? Did you ever serve your country?
In addition to serving our nation, did you know Dwayne has spent many years serving local community organizations? Dwayne has served on the boards of the Aspen Historical Society, Roaring Fork Leadership, the Aspen Rotary Club, the Aspen Fire Protection District, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, the Roaring Fork Transporation Authority, and the Snowmass Village Marketing Board. For which local organizations have you donated your time, Mr. Stone?
Mr. Stone, you reminded us that Dwayne left his Aspen City Council position early. This is true. After 44 of the 48 months of his elected term, Dwayne resigned his seat in order to join Governor Hickenlooper’s cabinet as the state’s chief Economic Development director. Dwayne did not go on vacation in the Bahamas. He went to serve all of us in a larger, state-level position. Dwayne’s decision to do this was not his own. Indeed, the entire business community here was under pressure, which meant Dwayne’s job was uncertain. In the interest of our three young daughters, Dwayne and I thought it would be prudent to pursue a position in the new governor’s administration.
After interviewing and being offered the job, Dwayne and I had countless discussions about whether he should take it and what it would mean for our daughters’ future. We both wanted them to remain in Aspen, so Dwayne crafted an unbelievable situation where he would work 80 percent of the time for the state, 20 percent for Related, and he would be home on the weekends. Needless to say, it didn’t work very well. That is not to say Dwayne wasn’t successful. On the contrary, Dwayne managed to hold things together in Snowmass for Related while also driving thousands of miles and authoring the governor’s economic plan for the state of Colorado (the “Colorado Blueprint,” in active use today).
The problem with this: He wasn’t around to tuck in his kids at night, nor was he able to attend their school and extracurricular activities. He truly missed all of this and it was enough to make him realize that such a life wasn’t sustainable.
So you see, Mr. Stone, Dwayne’s reason for resigning from the state position (to spend more time with family) was sincere and true. Dwayne ended up rescuing three young damsels in distress (as well as their mother) by returning home to them.
Sounds like your Snidely Whiplash turned out to be Dudley Do-Right.
There is one good thing about your article, Mr. Stone: It was well written. I hope that the kids in my kindergarten class will write as well as you do one day. I also hope that they find a more productive, less-critical use for it.
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