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Article raises questions

Posted: April 11, 2009 1:10 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 

Brian Charles’ front page article (April 1) regarding the “tossed paper controversy” at Canyon High School raises more questions than the incident itself.

At a time when good newspapers are closing daily and therefore journalistic standards should be at a premium, your choice to run such an article bypassed news and instead went straight to tabloidism.

Yes, you are a small local paper whose bread and butter is community news.

But was there no one in the newsroom at the time who said, “Wait a minute. Is a high school paper-throwing incident that is still under investigation the best we can do for the front page?”

Or is recreational journalism/editorialism the real bread and butter at The Signal?

I know Mr. Motherspaw, I work with him and I know him as an outstanding teacher, role model and one I am very proud to call a colleague. I do not know the student in question and my issue is not with her family’s decision to report this.

So while I (as you should have done) will not speculate on an incident I might only have limited information about, I can only speculate myself that it must have been a mighty slow news day at a paper whose circulation is substantially larger than that of a parking lot pamphleteer.

My opinion will no doubt be labeled as biased, but I can assure you I am speaking solely as a member of the community concerned with that which is charged with bringing us fair, relevant news.

 

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