The following is a letter to the editor.

Sen. Dale Zorn is a man who is a successful, respected, small business owner along with his brother, Dean. It is a business passed on from their father, Ivan. They maintain the image their father founded.

Sen. Dale Zorn was a Monroe County Commissioner many years, then elected a Michigan State Representative, before becoming a current Michigan State Senator. He is an excellent public servant, attending meetings, presenting successful proposals and bills. Sen. Dale Zorn is dedicated to uphold the needs of his constituents.

Sen. Zorn, along with members of the Ida community plus thousands of volunteers, supporters, and sponsors, developed the festival, “Christmas In Ida.” This festival grew from a small, four-unit parade, 37 years ago, to become a three-day festival that over 40,000 people enjoy every year with no cost to the public. Sen. Zorn has given his time year after year, along with his dedicated volunteers, supporters and sponsors, to continue giving the public, regardless of where they live; a wonderful festival to start each Christmas season.

I cannot and will not believe that Dale and his wife, Cindy, deliberately made, then wore a face mask that would insult anyone or give support to a controversial battle flag. When I read and heard others making unfair comments about Sen. Zorn, it made me remember a grade-school teacher telling her students, “Don’t ever point your finger at another person with a critical comment unless you first look at the other three fingers that are pointing back at yourself. Those fingers will: 1. Accuse you of being jealous of the one you criticize; 2. Accuse you of making a statement against another person to make them look badly so you can make yourself look better; 3. Accuse you wanting to hurt the other person anyway you can.”

Always consider all of the facts before you ever accuse or criticize anyone; if you don’t, then you are wrong.

Get past the facemask, look at the man, accept his apology, then thank him for all the years he has given and continues to give to all of us in Monroe and Lenawee counties.

Barbara Turner

Monroe