LETTER: Incomplete quote

This letter is in response to the article printed in your "newspaper" Jan. 15 regarding a statement made by me during the City Commi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

This letter is in response to the article printed in your "newspaper" Jan. 15 regarding a statement made by me during the City Commission meeting concerning comments made by Chuck Davis regarding the Keller Building.

Once again, your "newspaper" has taken my words and twisted them to make it sound like something that was totally the opposite of the point I was making. On Wednesday, January 16th the Morning Journal printed an article related to the same comments and quoted me verbatim, "Call me over-sensitive if you want to, but being a minority, that comment really struck home with me." I went on to say, "I don't know what we have to do to rectify that, but I will say this, once we are finished with any business with Mr. Davis, I honestly hope that we do no more business with him because in my opinion he does not have the class, dignity or tact that his father had. Once we are done with this gentleman, I hope all ties are cut."

The point I was making that your reporter missed is that I don't want to do business with anyone who has such a short-sighted way of thinking. I wonder if Mr. Davis has even been to Harlem to know what it looks like. Sandusky is a community made up of people who come from very different backgrounds and ethnicities, and I don't think Mr. Davis realizes that fact. Not everyone was born into privilege as was he and if he or anyone else is going to do business in Sandusky they have to respect everyone, not just those persons who look like them. We all must respect one another for who we are and what we are. That is the point I was trying to make.

Your "newspaper" made me sound like I was against development and working with developers, and clearly I am not. I urge anyone to check my voting record on past developmental projects.

I wonder if your "newspaper" will ever get it right?

Brett L. Fuqua, Sr.

Sandusky City Commissioner

Editor's note: The paragraphs of the Jan. 15 story that specifically deal with Fuqua's comments about Davis are as follows:

Commissioner Brett Fuqua said Monday he was disappointed and disheartened with comments made by Mid-States Development Corporation President Churck Davis, developer of the Chesapeake Lofts along Shoreline Drive.

"I honestly hope that we do no more business with him," Fuqua said.

Last week, Davis compared the deteriorated Keller Building to Harlem; the Keller Building sits just across the street from the Chesapeake Lofts.