I could not believe my eyes when I looked at the front page of the Register Nov. 20. The headline read "Leaving on a sour note," in reference to the article in the sports section about Toby Notestine resigning as the St. Mary Catholic High School head football coach.
How do you justify putting such a negative comment under a man's picture on the front page when the news article contains nothing negative at all. To me this is a malicious attack on a man's reputation.
It is ridiculous to employ this type of negative journalism to sell newspapers. If this is the only way you can sell newpapers, maybe it's time to close up shop. I have always thought a newspaper was supposed to report the news, not invent it.
To the average reader your front page headline makes it sound as if Coach Notestine left St. Mary on a negative note, and nothing could be farther from the truth.
I worked under Coach Notestine as assistant football coach for the entire five years he was head football coach of St. Mary, and I know first-hand how hard he worked and the outstanding rapport and respect he had with his players, coaches, school administration, the St. Mary community and the entire Sandusky Bay Conference.
It's time for the Register staff to issue a sincere apology to Mr. Notestine and admit its mistake. The little clarification that appeared on the front page of the sports section the following day is not enough. A true and sincere apology is what is warranted. Your apology needs to appear on the front page, just like your totally unfounded negative headline did.
Unfortunately, the damage to Coach Notestine's reputation has been done. Now is the time for the Register to issue their sincere apology in a "Thumbs Down" column on page one.
Larry R. Cook