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Letter: Gingerella says his focus was right where it should have been

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Every now and then I feel compelled to forget the best advice my father ever gave me: “Always let ignorance go unanswered.” This is one of those occasions.

Without knowing what my family situation is, Pasquale DeBernardo wrote that I, because of my letters to the editor of the Sun, should have run for a political office. Really?

Two days after I filed papers to run for the General Assembly in 2010, we discovered that our youngest son, Alex, had a serious medical condition. At that point my focus was his well-being, not the election. Over the next 4 years his condition became complicated.

At one point, Alex spent 8 months getting daily IV treatments and to this day still requires many types of medication and frequent visits to a specialist in Bridgeport, Conn. And by the way, thanks to Obamacare, a bill that DeBernardo undoubtedly supported, the specialist Alex sees is now out of our insurance network and our out-of-network expenses went from a $300 annual deductible to a $5,000 deductible before we receive a partial reimbursement. Additionally, the cost of the medications he needs to get through the day rose sharply since the wealth redistribution act known as Obamacare was enacted.

My priorities, Mr. DeBernardo, are not your priorities, and they are exactly where they should be — with my family. To criticize anyone’s lack of involvement in anything without knowing their family situation is frankly, Mr. DeBernardo, extremely arrogant and condescending.

DeBernardo noted in his letter that I had a 1st Amendment right to send letters to the editor. OK. Then what was the point of his letter? Was the point that I had to follow his expectations when it comes to being politically active?

DeBernardo stated I may have run for the General Assembly but he wasn’t sure if I did. With a simple Internet search, he would have found out the truth, but the truth was the last thing he was interested in.

Actually, the point of his letter was nothing more than a transparent attempt to stifle criticism in what may be a tough re-election campaign for local and national office holders — a typical election-year Democratic Party hit piece by one of their surrogate ghostwriters.

Another typical Democrat Party tactic DeBernardo employed was to accuse me of not having my facts straight — lying — without providing any proof. When stating facts, I usually provide a source for them, the facts are easily verifiable or the facts are common knowledge. So I challenge DeBernardo to provide instances where I stated facts that were not accurate and I will gladly correct the record.

The opinions I state are my own and I stand one hundred percent by them.

It may interest DeBernardo that I hold an unofficial record of sorts when it comes to letters to the editor of the Washington Times. In the last two years, the paper has printed 13 of my letters — far and away more than anyone else in the entire country. Note that the internationally recognized paper has the resources to fact-check everything.

And it isn’t just the Washington Times that thinks I have something to say that is meaningful. I have received calls from all over the country regarding my letters in the Times. A caller from Virginia told me that my latest letter was at the top of the editorial page in the printed edition to the paper. I consider that my own personal Pulitzer Prize.

So Mr. DeBernardo, when you get out of the People’s Republic of Rhode Island, my views aren’t to the “right of Fenway’s Pesky Pole.” But maybe your views are to the left Stalin, Mao and Obama.

Phil Gingerella

Westerly



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