Should have known better

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2001

I'd like to apologize for the divisive nature of my quote in Wednesday's paper regarding the access issue. When talking to the reporter who wrote the story, I tried to convey my willingness to sit down at a table with folks to talk about a possible compromise on the road vs. ferry debate. I had hoped that my remarks would make further conversation possible.

Instead, I let my buttons get pushed. It was the old he-said, she-said game. When the reporter said, "well some people say -" I got mad and remembered a statement made by an individual which I felt that person didn't follow through with. Then I blurted out a blanket statement which didn't help resolve anything. Of course, in the days of modern journalism, when a story isn't a story if there's no conflict, my single combative quote was the only one printed. I should have known better.

Again, I am sorry if I offended anyone. I'm willing to talk about a compromise solution if there's a group of folks interested in doing so.

Marc Wheeler

CBJ Assembly

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