Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Steamboat Springs I found the article titled "Oak Creek Town Board hears concerns about police," in Saturday's Steamboat Today, very interesting.
I was, however, very disappointed that the article only reported the negative comments at the Oak Creek Town Board (meeting) and not the positive. It appears the intent of the Steamboat Pilot & Today is to print only the negative opinions of a few people in the community of Oak Creek.
I spoke at the Town Board meeting about what a wonderful community Oak Creek is. I publicly sought (a reporter and columnist) out in the crowd and asked both why the positive events in Oak Creek are not reported on or published in the paper. I spoke about the birthday party that occurred on Aug. 8 at Let's Dance Studio for Thelma Moore Bell and what a rich event that was for our community.
I also thanked the Town Board, Chief Caterinicchio, and Eileen Rossi for serving our community. I spoke about the positive interactions that I have had with Chief Caterinicchio and the community services officer, Tony VanDeventer.
After Virginia Paxton made her comments about customers of her being "harassed" for not having their liquor purchase in a bag, Town Board members asked Officer Eileen Rossi if she had investigated the complaints. She reported that she had, but Virginia Paxton was unable to come up with the names individuals who were "harassed." Is this information not worth reporting?
I am disappointed with the negative slant of Saturday's article. In my opinion, this is very biased reporting and is irresponsible. Maybe (the reporter) is following directions from supervisors to only print the negative.
To portray our community in this way is a disservice to the readers and advertisers of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. It provides a resounding ring of truth to the statement that "You cannot always believe what you read in the paper."
Ann Marie Trout