By Alma Jo O'Rear, Senior Class Secretary, Etowah County High School Class of 1965
An open letter to my high school classmates:
We know Roy Moore!
There are times in life when we are compelled to defend someone who has been maligned unjustly.
Roy Moore may be the victim of slander, and this is an instance where we must stand up to the bully and dare defend the truth. Honor demands no less.
We have known Roy Moore personally for over fifty-five years. He was a fine, brilliant and honorable classmate. He is our friend. He has given us reason to respect him and to admire him.
Would others like to know what we know?
He worked in our lunch room to earn his meals. In high school, Roy was economically disadvantaged. We saw when he wrapped a cookie from his lunch in a napkin to take home to his younger brother. As a family, whom he helped support, they had little of what most of us took for granted.
Nonetheless, Roy studied harder than most and became our class valedictorian.
He was brilliant, humble, and yet kind to all of us. He would protect you against bullies.
His character caused our entire student body to elect Roy Moore as our Student Council President.
He served us well then, and he continues to honor us today.
Later, he was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy and graduated in 1969. As an Army officer, he served as a company commander in the Vietnam War when many of us were scared to face the military draft.
We witnessed him graduate from the University of Alabama's law school. He served honorably in Etowah County's District Attorney's office from 1977 to 1982 and then became a local attorney. Some of us trusted him with confidential legal matters, and he represented and defended us in court.
In 1992, Roy Moore served as our Circuit Court Judge. His incorruptible fairness and honor was so pronounced that he was elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000. Thus, our small-town classmate became nationally known to others in the way we had come to know him.
- Read AL.com's coverage of Roy Moore here.
Roy made us proud because his roots were our roots.
We are not surprised now at the political bullying and slander used to attack this honorable, decent classmate! But the attacks have degraded to a despicable level. From 40 years ago, allegations are now being made. Why now? Why do they wait 40 years?
Suddenly when Roy runs for the senate, newfangled charges are raised? Really? Who believes this? These are charges against which no one can defend. We may know some of his accusers - and they don't prove credible after all this time. After a lifetime of service to us, who could have just cause to dishonor such a man?
In my opinion, anyone who criticizes Roy Moore's character in this disgraceful way would seem to be lying either for political reasons, for monetary gain, or sadly for personal attention.
Attacking Roy Moore insults my student class, my hometown city of Attalla, our beloved State of Alabama, and it demeans many of us who know Roy personally, and have trusted him for over 55 years.
When I was Homecoming Queen, and cheerleader, there were unwanted advances made to toward me by others. However, Roy Moore was always a perfect gentleman to me. He was respectful to everyone and trusted by us all... male and female alike.
The allegations against him are not plausible, at this time, nor at any time. We all know Roy Moore!
Please tell everyone you know, to stand against this contemptible political attack.