A Story About the Past

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This is the story.

It's a true story.

It's about a bright young man who graduated from Annapolis with the potential of a Navy career ahead of him.

Only it didn't work out. He made a big mistake and embezzled more than $3,000 from the USS Brumby, where he served as disbursing officer. He was sentenced to two years in jail and was ordered to reimburse the government for the missing funds, which he did. He spent 13 months at a Navy brig in Charleston, S.C., and at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He served the final 11 months of his sentence on parole in Kingsville, Texas.

Upon completion of parole, he was dismissed from the Navy, the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge.

For 13 years, he has worked at rebuilding his life, finding a new career, starting a family, and restoring his reputation.

He is our editor at Steamboat Pilot & Today, Scott Stanford. We believe he has shown that he has overcome the mistake of his youth and that our confidence in him is well placed.

He has done an excellent job for Steamboat Pilot & Today and for the citizens of Steamboat Springs.

Now someone wants to try to wreck Scott's career. An anonymous e-mailer says there are those who are ready to take that old history and "run it up the flagpole."

It won't work. It won't work because the management and ownership of Steamboat Pilot & Today stand firmly behind Scott.

Suzanne Schlicht, publisher

The Simons Family, owners

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