The good people of Blanco deserve a “news” paper, not a publication that would print an article about a political protest written by the event’s organizer, full of that writer’s personal opinions.
Yes, the April 15 tea party deserved coverage. But should it have been covered by the very person who organized it? No self-respecting newspaper would let someone so intimately involved in an event write a news article about it. We all know very well what Charley Pemberton’s views are from his strident letters to the editor.
He states that the people demonstrated against “the free spending in Washington D.C.” as if the free spending were a fact, when it is actually the opinion of those people. A journalist would have written that they demonstrated against “what they believe is the free spending.” Or an editor would have changed it.
He also states that “a fact sheet of events of the past 70 days” was read. I wasn’t there, so I can’t say what was read, but I would guess the “facts” were someone’s interpretation or opinion, not facts.
I suggest you leave opinions to the opinion page and deliver news on the news pages.
From the editor: As a community newspaper, we often rely on event organizers to “report” on the event. This event was no different than the Trash Off, BVFD Fish Fry, and countless others. We appreciate all who take the time to compose an article for the paper.