To coin a catchy little phrase as of late ... my oh my. I've read with great interest, dismay and anger, recent editorials by Register staffers, and online blogs by members of the public, both pertaining to events in Perkins Township. I am a resident and an employee of Perkins. When I read these items, two words come to mind. Irresponsible and sensationalism.
The online blog, while a good idea, has become a no mans land with no accountability consisting of bashing, name calling and probably a lot of inaccurate statements. The Register should have some kind of registration to post comments on its blogs. Anyone posting should be required to be identified in order to post. I suspect that people on those blogs aren't who they claim to be, but are people with their own agendas bent on accomplishing them by stirring the pot, so to speak.
Then there are the editorials by the Register staff. To make light of a rifle misfiring where someone could have been killed is unprofessional. And to claim that you do not sensationalize in your paper? My oh my. I suspect that if a Wal Mart employee had misfired a gun, there would have been a small article on page 8, if at all. Or when is the last time you saw a front page headline that read "Burger King Employee Charged With DUI" NEVER!!
These comments have the potential to help defeat upcoming services levies, which will in turn cause services in the township to be cut. This could lead to higher insurance costs for all township residents and businesses, not to mention the safety issues involved when police, fire, and EMS are cut back. My oh my.
By the way, if anyone from the Register would like to sit and debate this over a few beers count me in, but you can pick me up so I don't have to drive. I don't want to be the topic of a front page headline!