One thing I know is people keep an eye on the criminals and their families. In one such instance, I received an email from a Team Diviney member last month. This person let me know about an article written by Andraya Vantrease. She is Austin Vantrease’s older sister. Many might know her as “Sis”, the moniker she bestowed upon herself when she started an ill-fated blog about Austin. It was, I suppose, her way of being cutesy. Like the blog, it fell flat.
I’ve wondered what to do about this since it was brought to my attention. In the end, I decided I’d just give my thoughts.
Here’s the email I received:
Maybe you have seen this article, or maybe not. I found it interesting – especially given the title “For the Long Haul” and the topic “Hiring health care workers? It may take you a while to find a qualified candidate.” Written by who else, other than “Sis” herself.
That family is totally ironic, amongst so many of their other talents. I mean WTF! Anyhow, here is the link – it may be worthy of a post topic.
WTF is right! Really, what is it with some families! WTF, I say!
Anyhow, this article was published just months after her felon brother was sentenced to prison (where he is today, in Huttonsville Correctional Facility). It’s not something that I found especially useful and is as dry as the Sahara during a drought (in my opinion). It just goes to show that no amount of colorful graphics can act as window dressing when content is lacking.
My concern is for two specific reasons. First, from what I can tell, the article completely disregards the patient and their family. This key component is completely and shockingly disregarded. Can we all acknowledge most would see this omission is a huge flaw? My second reason… who wrote it.
Now, perhaps I’m
over thinking under-thinking this. To me, this carries the same weight a Michael Vick’s sister writing on the availability and cost of dog care (without talking to dog owners, to boot). It inherently creates a drag on the article’s credibility. Does anyone else see this as absurd. Perhaps I’ll write on the quality of prison food and not ask a single inmate for their take on it.
Okay, so before people (who are unaware with this family’s well-documented aggressive history toward mine) start telling me to not drag Austin Vantrease’s family into this, let me just say… I’m not. They injected themselves into ours. For this reason, I will continue to call them out as necessary until I feel they have stopped. As I see it, they got my attention the instant they became unruly by [Ma Vantrease] screaming at me outside the courthouse. They reinforced it when court deputies had to exert themselves, twice, in the court parking garage to keep them at bay. How many times do I need to hear (or read) this family’s words — with Sis ever-present and forefront — to not see them as an issue? Let’s not be to quick to forget about their family’s comments on our website either.
I am not shy about recognizing who I believe are part of Austin Vantrease’s support system. From where I see Sis, which is always around an armed guard, she is as involved as just about anyone. For clarity, I agree the family should be supportive. I just disagree with how they are doing it.
Anyhow, this leads me to a question that’s nagging at me (with a potential follow-up). Did “Sis” advise — or consider advising —Ace Marketing of the potential for the public’s perceived conflict of interest and/or the glaring reason credibility might be compromised? If so, then what in the hell was Ace Marketing thinking? Someone is likely being insensitive here, it’s just a question of who. Sheesh, what a seemingly incredible lack of foresight from someone.
Perhaps it might be helpful for Ace Marketing to get some public feedback (be it positive or negative) on the article. There are abundant ways to contact them. The quickest is via their website’s Contact Us page. Also on this page is their telephone number and mailing address.
As for Sis (Andraya Vantrease), she might even advance her career and serve her employers better (dare I call it a win-win) writing about the escalating cost of dog care? Oh yeah, in my opinion…