Register over the line

Your "Register Viewpoint" of Dec. 2, which should really be called Mr. Phares's and Mr. Westerhold's Viewpoint (do you really think
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Your "Register Viewpoint" of Dec. 2, which should really be called Mr. Phares's and Mr. Westerhold's Viewpoint (do you really think that any of the other three members of the editorial board are going to argue with the publisher and managing editor of the newspaper where they are employed? Would you? Not for long, I can assure you), has gone way over the line about what role a newspaper should play in the community. The attacks on Mr. Ferrell have become too personal and should stop now. I would like examples of where he has "impeded progress at every turn", "not been a good steward of tax money" or hijacked and upended "important progress or innovations, environmental progress and regionalization." If that was the case would Erie County voters have elected and re-elected Mr. Ferrell to the years of service that they have? I think not! What the Register Viewpoint is in essence saying is that Erie County voters are not very intelligent or keen on the issues that face Erie County. I would beg to differ. Erie County voters know what matters and have voted for Mr. Ferrell because they feel he is aware and is fighting very hard to make things happen here in the county. Maybe not at the speed Mr. Phares and Mr. Westerhold would like, but maybe if they would use some caution and get all the information about a situation, like Mr. Ferrell does, before they publish a story we would not have to read a retraction that a horse was not killed by a hunter's bullet but really it was an accident. One can not afford to be so reckless when dealing with issues that affect the future of the county as Mr. Phares and Mr. Westerhold are when they publish stories in the paper.

Your "Register Viewpoint" of Dec. 2, which should really be called Mr. Phares's and Mr. Westerhold's Viewpoint (do you really think that any of the other three members of the editorial board are going to argue with the publisher and managing editor of the newspaper where they are employed? Would you? Not for long, I can assure you), has gone way over the line about what role a newspaper should play in the community. The attacks on Mr. Ferrell have become too personal and should stop now. I would like examples of where he has "impeded progress at every turn", "not been a good steward of tax money" or hijacked and upended "important progress or innovations, environmental progress and regionalization." If that was the case would Erie County voters have elected and re-elected Mr. Ferrell to the years of service that they have? I think not! What the Register Viewpoint is in essence saying is that Erie County voters are not very intelligent or keen on the issues that face Erie County. I would beg to differ. Erie County voters know what matters and have voted for Mr. Ferrell because they feel he is aware and is fighting very hard to make things happen here in the county. Maybe not at the speed Mr. Phares and Mr. Westerhold would like, but maybe if they would use some caution and get all the information about a situation, like Mr. Ferrell does, before they publish a story we would not have to read a retraction that a horse was not killed by a hunter's bullet but really it was an accident. One can not afford to be so reckless when dealing with issues that affect the future of the county as Mr. Phares and Mr. Westerhold are when they publish stories in the paper.

Also, the Democratic Party does not need the Register Viewpoint to help run the party. Each and every year the Democrats will present to the residents of Erie County great candidates that will be the best qualified and have the best interest of Erie County in mind. So let the process alone with your suggestions of what to do, just report what happens. Accurately for a change too, please! Is that too much to ask of the only newspaper in town?

Thomas J. Paul