In a letter from Jug Twitty to the Governor of Alabama, Jug appeals to the Governor to reconsider their stance on any form or request of a boycott on Aruba. As many have made comments that Jug has over-reacted or acted too emotionally in dealing with authorities in his step-daughter’s disappearance. The above letter certainly shows a different side of Jug in a behind the scenes letter to the Governor of AL requesting that there be no boycott. Also the Aruban people may want to take a close look at this letter as well as Jug in no way seems to want in any form a boycott that would hurt the innocent and caring people who have helped his family so much in finding Natalee Holloway.
As previously posted, Alabama Lawmakers Ask residents not to travel to Aruba:
This may be a bit premature and actually probably a bad idea in general. Today the Alabama House passed a resolution to boycott travel to Aruba. Just as it was wrong when Dee Fine asked for boycotts on her radio show; this may be even worse. I am failing to see the productive value in such a measure except to further strain the relationship that of recent had been going in a more positive direction.
On the very day that the “Aruban Aruban Prime Minister Nel Oduber and Minister of Justice Rudy Croes ordered all materials pertaining to the Natalee Holloway investigation to be given to the FBI”. Talk about bad timing. One would think that even the family might be troubled by such a statement at this point. The Holloway’s and Twitty’s have made it abundantly known that their problem is not with the Aruban people. Their issues have been with the investigation and those it it, some who are no longer on the case.
It would appear that Jug Twitty has pretty much the same idea in mind. A boycott or threatened boycott of Aruba could only hurt relations with the Aruban people and Government when they are needed more than ever. Especially since the Aruban Prime Minister is offering his cooperation and the FBI is now able to access files on the case. Many people should see what Jug is sending to American law makers, especially the Aruban people, as this is a far cry from demanding boycotts at all cost in any attempt to hurt the Arubans. As Jug says, “Aruba and its people should not be harmed of the actions of others over which they had no control.”
Look for Beth and Jug Twitty tonight on MSNBC’s Scarborough Country at 10:00pm EDT.
Update: 8/12/05 from Scarborough Country Transcripts
SCARBOROUGH: Let me ask you, Jug, about a letter you wrote to a friend of mine, Bob Riley, who I served with in Congress. Now, of course, he is governor ofÃ¢â‚¬”he is governor of the state of Alabama. And you wrote a letter talking about how the Alabama legislature had proposed a resolution boycotting travel to Aruba.
But you sent a letter to Riley, asked them not to be part of that, sayingÃ¢â‚¬”quoteÃ¢â‚¬”"Aruba has provided housing, volunteers through the Red Cross, supported nationwide searches and treated us with reverence and respect. This resolution would allow some factions to drive a wedge between our new friends and those who want us off the island.”
Jug, despite the fact that you are terribly frustrated with Ruben Trappenberg and other people in Aruba, you still don’t want the Alabama state legislature to push for a boycott on travel to Aruba?
TWITTY: No, I don’t. Absolutely not.
I mean, I am sorry theyÃ¢â‚¬”that this has come to what it has. They could have cleared this up in theÃ¢â‚¬”we should have had an answer as to what happened to Natalee within, at the most, two weeks. And I’m sorry it’s come to what it has. And, of course, my family has gone through tremendous stress during this.
And, you know, I wrote that because I don’t want the peopleÃ¢â‚¬”it’s not the people of Aruba. It’sÃ¢â‚¬”and, you know, bless their hearts. Everybody down there has opened up their hearts to us. But, you know, when Trappenberg comes on there saying he is paying all the tabs and we are down there mooching off of him and things like thatÃ¢â‚¬”I mean, he didn’t say that, but that’s the way it makes me feelÃ¢â‚¬”that’s not right.