Let’s get it straight. The problem is at Mount Carmel, not Mount Calm. When I spell my town’s name, I say C-A-L-M, as in quiet – and that’s what we are.
Since this siege began, people in our town have gotten calls from all over the country saying, “What’s happening in Mount Calm?” I have heard media, business people, and other public figures refer to “Mount Calm” instead of Mount Carmel.
All 303 citizens of Mount Calm will appreciate it if those reporting or referring to the standoff get their geography straight. We are 20 miles northeast of Waco, not 10 miles.
It is incredible, and quite sickening, to see that some people are more appalled at the idea of “invasion of privacy” than knowing that they have been living not more than 10 miles from an arsenal of weapons that not even the feds can handle.
People, namely those mentioned above, need to get their priorities straight or they will have something more than their precious privacy to worry about in the near future.
The stories of The Sinful Messiah: Part I and Part II, had to be a partial cause of the shootout at Mount Carmel.
The Tribune-Herald should let the FBI and the federal agents handle what goes on at Mount Carmel. In Saturday’s paper, the very front page and all over the paper as well was about the Branch Davidians. Sunday’s paper was also about the Branch Davidians.
It seems strange that there was a shootout at Mount Carmel the day after the paper mentioned Vernon Howell and the cult.
I don’t see why the Tribune-Herald could not have waited at least a couple more days to put out the stories of the Branch Davidians. What could it hurt?
If the paper had waited, it probably would not have hurt anyone, but since the paper could wait no longer, it hurt many people and even killed some.
(The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which conducted the raid, repeatedly has said that the timing of our series did not cause the Mount Carmel tragedy. – Ed.)