Wednesday, December 11, 2013
False statements harm community
Letters to the editor are an important service to the community.
However, when you publish letters filled with statements that are patently false (President as stricken ‘Creator’ published Nov. 27) and arguably racist, that is no service to the community. The statements attacking President Obama as a Muslim fundamentalist who wants to eliminate the Constitution illustrate the point.
Those statements have repeatedly been proved false, and publishing them does no service to the community or to the commenter. President Obama was talking about slavery, and anyone who heard him speak would know that. Those who did not hear him, though, might actually listen to those “delusional ravings of a lunatic mind” (to quote Mel Brooks).
Please exercise reasonable discretion when publishing letters from the public, and remember that publishing statements that are proven untrue does no good to anyone. False statements, particularly racist false statements, are not “informed opinion,” and your obligation to print dissenting opinions does not extend to them.
S.T. Johnson, Tonasket
Editor’s note: The Nov. 27 letter being referred to did not call President Obama a “Muslim fundamentalist,” but did reference his Muslim upbringing in a Muslim family and society.
Everyone wins with property easement
A previous letter writer made all kinds of wild and false statements about a conservation easement on my property.
First, the writer claims the public lost access to the state land next to mine. Not true – the access road to the state land from the south has stayed open and always will (it’s part of the deal).
Next, the writer claims he will never be allowed access to an old homestead site. Not true — anyone can walk up there from the state land and access the homestead site at the pond.
Finally, he says only the non-traveled section of Bear Road was closed. Again, not true – the county vacated the entire section of the road it owned because it was 100 percent surrounded by private property (mine).
The bottom line is this: The ranch was saved from development, most of the money used to buy conservation easements comes from the west side, the conservation easement protects historical homestead buildings, property taxes more than quadrupled on the land, lots of money went into the local community, and everyone came out a winner (except trespassers and the people who used to dump their trash on the property along Bear Road).
Isn’t there a saying in cowboy country about “looking a gift horse in the mouth?”
Greg James, Mercer Island
‘Games’ column has the right idea
Chronicle Editor and Publisher Roger Harnack got the same thing out of “The Hunger Games” as I did.
I was first inspired to read the trilogy by curiosity after Bill O’Reilly did unflattering talking points on “The Hunger Games” movie last winter. The books are even more powerful than the movie in making the case Harnack expressed.
I haven’t seen “Catching Fire” (the second story in “The Hunger Games”) yet, but plan to when it is on Amazon or Netflix. I talked to my grandson about the ideas expressed in the column and suggested the series as family reading in several conservative Facebook groups.
Stacy Storm, Riverside
Letters to the editor policy
The Chronicle accepts letters to the editor of 250 words or less. Letters must bear the signature and hometown of the writer and a daytime telephone number.
Letters with multiple signatures or sent to multiple publications will not be considered.
Letters may not include personal attacks or thank you messages. Letters are subject to editing.
Publication does not imply agreement or endorsement by The Chronicle. Letters may be mailed to The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, Attn. : Letter to the Editor, P.O. Box 553, Omak, WA 98841; dropped off at The Chronicle office, 618 Okoma Drive, Omak; faxed to 509-826-5819, or e-mailed to news@omak chronicle.com.