Against my better judgement I'm going to post. I sincerely hope it not only clears up some points but also brings it back to what the subject it about (although I kinda' doubt it.).
Amorette, I also enjoy your posts and passion for history and preservation. No doubt it's a large part of "what" and "why" you post. Miles City benefits a great deal from it. I, personally, benefit and enjoy it, too. I wouldn't have purchased your three books on MC history had I not.
My other post was meant to point out that your passion does carry some side-effects and that, if you could be mindful of them, your passion would go back to being wonderfully contagious rather than adversarial or biased in presentation.
I could quote or link-to times where you point out in others what you perceive as their faults, motives, or slants as you challenge them to be more even-handed in their views and representations. It would then be equally fair to bring to your attention when your inspired passion causes personal views to sway your choice of words and presentation of topics. I don't think it's necessary and since I'm fond of you I don't want to add to this pile-on any further. So, it's a measured point I'm trying to make with respect and sincerity.
If any person would broach a strong subject with personal assessments or speculations mixed in amongst the facts it does, indeed, risk turning it into the topic being about them, to some degree. The messenger becomes the interpreter. Both reactions are very human.
As for never posting again, et al, well - I suppose that's a route you could take and if it's going to continually have such strong emotional bias then maybe it'd be for the best, I don't know?
However, I'd rather think that you had this brought to your attention during an emotional topic (Miles City history, future and honor of a beloved landmark) that we all feel strongly about, too, and maybe it's just stinging a little? I don't like that, either.
I hope you don't stop posting. I hope you don't have your passion deflected.
Perhaps just a self-reminder about presentation and choices of words? If you feel passionate in bringing topics up chances are others feel passionate in reacting.
I enjoy your contributions to the forum and how you represent the historical culture of MC. So, I hope you're not entirely putt-off.
Anyway, sorry for the long post.