Skewing the issue |

Skewing the issue

I am writing in concern over your Election Day column on Nov. 4.

You used this column to express your feelings about second-home owners who contributed money to oppose the library plan as presented to the voters. You stated that, “More than half the people who gave money to oppose the plan don’t actually live in Basalt.”

You didn’t mention that the portion of the money donated by those out-of-town sources in total made up 25.8 percent of the donations. Those figures were reported in the same issue of The Times in which your column appeared. That means that close to 75 percent of the funds donated to oppose the plan came from people who do actually live in Basalt.

You then went on to say that you were concerned that this outside money could skew the issue at hand. I could not help but feel that the way you chose to report the figures available to you was a far more deliberate effort to skew the issue at hand, and at very best seemed to be extremely irresponsible reporting.

As you are an editor, and a managing editor at that, I would have hoped you could have given a more balanced presentation of the facts. In my opinion, you directly contradicted your stated aim of not doing “a disservice to our readers and ourselves.”

Bronwyn Anglin

Holland Hills

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