Empire fans controversy with verbose abuse

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, October 08, 2004

First, let me say, I support the Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I am writing to express consternation to the Juneau Empire for allowing a reporter to disseminate his biased story, about a community in the throes of economic disparity (Empire front page, Oct. 3). Is your paper in the business of selling papers in the name of sensationalism? If so then perhaps there should be a name change to "Juneau Interrogator." If standard tactics in conducting interviews include verbal bullying and verbose abusiveness, then hats off to you, because your reporter excels in such behavior.

As the acting mayor of Pelican, I responsibly focus on the regulatory requirements for municipal services. And approve a budget that maintains a stable workforce with several capital projects coming on line. I am trying to make positive and meaningful decisions that move forward actions to create economic opportunities for employment for Pelican. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Your reporter used the Juneau Empire to spout off remarks that fan the flame of controversy. It was used as an extreme political ploy to discredit my efforts to work together as a community with a spirit of cooperation.

The distress here is real. Your reporter made preposterous comments related to my integrity. I am thankful a solar flare from heaven interrupted and disconnected our phone conversation, because his conversation was going nowhere. Your reporter badgered me over and over again with the same insolent words and questions and really no efforts were made to move beyond verbally attacking me.

To once again answer the question your reporter repeatedly asked, "Yes, Pelican Seafood owes back taxes. They are making payments. What the amount of those payments are, I don't know." The city of Pelican has staff that deals with the handling of accounts and I referred him to the city administrator for further information.

In closing, thank you to your readership for their concern for our community. There are many individuals and families who have connections in Pelican. I am humbled by their concerns as neighbors for our economic difficulties. The city of Pelican is earnestly seeking solutions, in a spirit of cooperation, to resolve our infrastructure and economic needs so that our peace and prosperity will be restored.

Patricia Phillips

Pelican



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