John Furlong article still ignites readers’ passions
Knowing how the legal system operates in favour of those with money and power, I fear for those individuals in Burns Lake who came forward with affidavits about the abuse they suffered at Immaculata elementary school [“ Furlong bio omits secret past in Burns Lake”, September 27–Ocober 4]. Let’s hope they are being provided with the necessary high-quality legal advice and counsel they urgently need now as they are confronted by a top-flight legal team from a large, established law firm led by one of Canada’s top trial lawyers, funded by an outraged Goliath with deep pockets.
> Fiona Lam / Vancouver
Shame on you Georgia Straight. John Furlong is probably one of the classiest people I’ve ever known, and I have no doubt that the allegations made will be proven baseless. I hope his lawyers tear you a new a**hole. By the time this is over, you won’t even be able to get a job writing.
Of course, you probably don’t have the balls to print this letter to the editor, but you won’t hesitate to run an article destroying an innocent man’s reputation.
> James Tyler Sharun / Vancouver
The Georgia Straight was courageous to bring forward the claims of John Furlong’s former students in Burns Lake. The large number of complaints is sufficient to warrant further investigation into this segment of Furlong’s life, which he conveniently omitted to talk about in his autobiography.
Yes, we should withhold judgment until more is revealed. If he is willing to accept awards and honorary degrees for his service to the community, he should also be willing to address the question of why so many under his charge found that he did not serve them well at all.
> Vinit Khosla / Vancouver