Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 8, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Reprinted story had many errors

After reading the story “Olive Hill tackles water issues” in the Dec. 28 issue of The Independent, it became obvious this one may have slipped through the editorial cracks.

The story contained numerous factual errors. For example, it refers to the design of the “new water treatment facility,” when in fact the Olive HIll water treatment facility is more than 45 years old. Like other water treatment facilities in our area, it has undergone several upgrades over the years to remain in compliance.

The reporter did not use what is considered standard journalistic protocol or professionalism. He did not seek follow-up comments from all sides of the issue.

What also should have been more clearly noted is that this story was merely a reprint from another, much smaller weekly newspaper. The reporter in question doesn’t even work for The Independent.

A good reputation is hard earned based on many years of reliable and dependable service.

In closing, we trust The Independent will more closely scrutinize “reprinting” this type of tabloid journalism in the the future.

Paul E. Amburgey, P.E., Ashland

Special interests replace God

How many times in your life have you stopped and thought about how many people have given their lives for the freedom you are enjoying right now? The freedom includes the right to love and be loved, to have a family with privacy to teach each other the way you want to live. Think about it.

In the beginning, we were lucky to have forefathers with the foresight to put God at the helm of this country. Now we have special interests and politicians.

This is a new year. What will you personally do about it?

Cliff Barker, Morehead

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