"I am asking you nicely here in public in your domain to please just leave us alone... You don't like me or Henry or our contributors and I can tell you that we certainly don't hold you in any high regard as well. That's just the way it is. You have an audience and a loyal readership and I wish you continued success. Just please, do us all a favor, and let us be." -- Val Prieto [to Rick] @ Stuck on the Palmetto, Sept. 17.
"Val: Quite simply, SotP comments on things going on in SoFla. You, your blog and your views are part of that. So guess what? Yep, things are going to continue as they have from the day I started this blog." -- Rick [to Val] @ SotP, Sept. 17.
Let us issue our own sincere call for peace among the belligerents. There it is.
Our call to "give peace a chance" has fallen on deaf ears. To be honest, the first deaf ears it fell upon were ours. We don't believe in an artificial peace. Peace can only be obtained through the natural evolution of conflict. If conflict is suppressed, peace can never be certain or permanent. Not until Rick and Val have vented all their bile can there ever be a real peace between them. This can only be the product of a consensus on their mutual interests. Rick is obviously convinced that there are still advantages that can accrue to SotP by continuing this feud. So long as this is the case, no amount of pleading on Val's part will put an end to hostilities. At some point, regardless of Val's avowals, Henry or Val will rise again to the provocation. Nothing has been settled. Val has shown his weakness in suing for a premature peace. Rick has shown his ignobility by rebuffing him. And so it stands.