And newspapers wonder why they lose readers . . . Letter to the NCN Editor, and his response:
LETTER TO EDITOR
I was sorely disappointed by your recent editorial regarding the motion made by Council member Schroeder to affirm the discontinuance of the surf rescue program.
I was disappointed because I thought that as a seasoned reporter, you would at least have a knowledge of the term “ethics”. Instead, I found that you only repeated the blather of another council member who clearly doesn’t understand the meaning of the word.
According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, ethics is defined as a set of moral principles. There was nothing immoral about the motion Mr. Schroeder made. He had every right to make that motion just as the council, as a whole had the right to postpone action on it.
To quote sections of a draft “code of ethics” that has not been passed by the Council as the reason his action was unethical is not only poor journalism, but an unfair disparagement of Mr. Schroeder’s character.
Council member Schroeder deserves an apology, as do your readers.
You are entitled to your opinion and I have mine. Is this a letter to the editor for publication? It’s interesting in your own reply that you appear to disparage another council member, too. Whom are you referring to? Is this how local politics is done here in my home town? No apologies for asking hard questions.