Reader questions placement of letter in the paper

To the Editor:

I can’t believe my eyes. Did I just read a letter to the editor (Friday, March 7, 2014) signed by RTM Republican leadership written in the form of a news article in which Majority Leader Ed Bateson and Public Works and Planning Chairman Tom McCarthy are quoted (quoted, in a letter both signed, thus quoting themselves) that lauds itself for making a decision — in caucus — to replenish the town’s DPW fleet?

I don’t understand the purpose of informing the public of this decision in a letter to the editor. I mean, the intention is fantastic. The town could certainly use new machinery. But no meaningful vote has taken place, there’s been no debate on the RTM floor, no input from the Democrats (do they agree, disagree?), they’ve neither risked nor accomplished anything at all, but still they feel the need to inform the readers of the Fairfield Sun that they are unanimous in their intention.

Well, tomorrow I’m going to leave a dollar in the coffee shop tip jar and I want everyone to know all about it.

Normally, whenever I see “articles” like this in newspapers and magazines, they are emblazoned with the word “advertisement” so that readers can fully understand just what it is they are looking at. Former District 1 RTM member Duane Lanham fully agrees. “It’s called ethics,” he said.


Duane Lanham


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