Opinion: Your Say: What about dad?

December 14, 2015

Here is a post from the Sunshine Coast Daily.

DOROTHY Lee Barnett, it wasn’t until I got to the quote “I went through hell” in the story on page six of the Sunshine Coast Sunday (13/12/2015), about you stealing your daughter from her father in America and going on the run from authorities for the next 20-plus years that I became irate enough to put pen to paper.

Those authorities in the USA thought your daughter’s father was substantial enough as a human being to be allocated custody over yourself and subsequent events proved beyond doubt they were right.

You not only deprived the man you had a child with all the joys of parenthood for 20 years, you did it in such a way that person (the birth father) couldn’t celebrate a birthday with his daughter. Instead he had to grieve about never knowing how his flesh and blood handled the challenges all children have in life and never having the joy of helping them overcome those hurdles because you were hiding her existence from him.

He never got to cuddle his offspring. He never had the pleasure of reading her a bedtime story. He never had the opportunity to apply a Band-Aid. He was never there for her as most fathers like to be. And why? Because you decided to deprive him of all of those joys of parenthood in defiance of the courts in the USA.

Any organisation that supports you should take a good hard look at themselves, and for a local surf club [Mooloolaba Surf Club] to condone your actions by offering support is a tragedy.

The surf club you thanked is supposed to be there for the families that make up the community – not for illegal immigrants who defy the laws of the land. Make no mistake Ms Barnett, you were an illegal immigrant.

Congratulations are due to Stephen Schofield, who no doubt tossed and turned over destroying a friendship over a matter of principal when he chose to contact authorities and stop this farce from continuing.

Finally, to the editors of this paper … where is the other side of this tragedy?

Where is the father’s version of “I’ve been through hell”, because without doubt he has been through a daily hell while the sad excuse for a caring human being you have reported favourably about (again) is still getting support for being a current criminal.

GEORGE MCCARTHY