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Voice: The integrity of one's name

January 12, 2002

After receiving several phone calls from friends, strangers and leaders of this community, I find it important to correct an error in a letter to the "Voice of the People" section about the El Centro Police Department on Jan. 2. It was signed James MacGaffy.

I spent some time many years ago researching my genealogy trying to locate other members of the MacGaffey family. I was not surprised that I am the only MacGaffey in the Imperial Valley but I was stunned to discover that my brother Jim, his wife and daughter, who live in Los Angeles, and I are the only MacGaffeys in all of western United States.

My father, Dr. MacGaffey, and mother, Mary, lived in the Valley for nearly 30 years but have since moved to Milwaukee.

Therefore, I found it troublesome when someone signed the letter mentioned above with the name MacGaffy (El Centro). I would like to state for the record that no one in my family wrote that letter or had anything to do with it. Certainly our name should not be associated with a rampant attack on the Police Department.

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When someone is not even willing to sign a letter with their own name, it makes you wonder how credible their statement can be.

NEIL MacGAFFEY

El Centro

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