To those Warwickians, new or late arrivals to our valley, this letter is an opinion piece, pure and simple. I just finished reading the report of the “Significant Changes Made to Plans of Proposed Restaurant at Elm St. Lot,” as reported by Jennifer O’Connor, of the Planning Board meeting on Thurs., Jan. 18.
I’ve been following this tempest in a teapot (excuse me Mr. Shakespeare) since it started, when a long time Warwick businessman with a very loyal following and customer base, Mr. Christison, based upon his customers needs, decided to expand his business in an area where it seems some citizens may have moved onto parts of the property he wanted to purchase.
Mrs. O’Connors’ report was a perfect example of reportage. She wrote what each person at that meeting said and did not insert any editorial opinion on their comments.
I’ve heard that there are people in town who have accused the “reporters” at this paper of bias, specifically Mrs. O’Connor. If you mean like the talking heads at most of our electronic news stations or our local daily, then obviously you have no idea what biased reporting is. Have you ever read the items reporting on our presidents activities from the Associated Press in our daily paper? Now, that is usually very biased reporting.
First let me explain that this paper, the Warwick Valley Dispatch, has been in business since 1885, belonging to the same family. They are the only paper that, to my experience since my arrival in Warwick a few decades ago, has always printed in their letters section all sides of every issue if the writer adheres to the papers stringent requirements for such letters. Its reporters are held to the same standards. They report each event as it occurs. They leave it to their readers to interpret or twist the stories to fit their own biases.
What is more ironic, one of the people you say is biased is responsible for the printing of your anticap letters without an editorial response. I assume that many of you are aware of the fake title, antifa, and support their aims. I prefer my title for the same believers, anticaps, which stands for anti-capitalists, progressives, whatever.
I suppose that if this newspaper was willing to put their principles up for sale, they’d have a heck of a lot more advertisers.
This Village and Township has been led by the same able people as our mayor and supervisor for the past 15/16 years and those responsible for its growth and prosperity are having their love of our valley being questioned.
If you read Mr. G’s letter in the Wed., Jan. 17 letter, he made this statement or for the sake of total accuracy. This statement was printed as a part of his latest missive saying, “The village now has a long and documented history of not enforcing the sound code,” referring to the villages existing bars and restaurants. I would hate to think that this gent could possibly be responsible for causing legal problems for any of our favorite watering holes.
I read in a few of the letters in the two weeklies that certain property owners/renters on the fringe of the property that Mr. Christison wishes to purchase have put sheds or whatever on that property. He will work with them. Accordingly, he has acceded to all the reasonable, legitimate requests from the people living in the area regarding noise and will continue to make changes as necessary to keep the peace.
We have had many new dining/drinking establishments opened during the tenure of the two Michaels. Some did have rowdy patrons who annoyed their neighbors. We have an excellent police force and the police reacted legally/forcefully to the people’s complaints and the excessive code violating noise/activities abated.
My opinion, as a non-community activist and a loyal reader and frequent contributor to the Warwick Valley Dispatch and knowing some of their reporters, I can honestly state there never has been or will be any deliberate bias in their reporting of any event by any of their reporting staff or management.
And now that the Village Board and all the lawyers and Mr. Christison have made all their statements, decisions and plan alterations, you people still against Yesterdays can get new signs and go fight the new power plant. The fresh air with its tinges of new machinery smells will get your anticap juices flowing.