Ryan Kushner of the Smithfield Times responded to an email which was similar to my previous post. I appreciate the courtesy and what I think is the honesty of his reply, and feel I owe it to him and to the handful of people who read what I write that I post his words without further comment.
Hi Mr. Goldberg,
I really appreciate you reaching out. I agree with most of this.
I personally did not perceive that being “less firm” on the subject of the statues was a negative, but I can see how one might take it that way. Ms. Colaw did not give a firm answer as to whether she believes they should be removed or not (which, again, is not necessarily a negative thing), but said that she was intent on seeking a compromise, which was stated in the article.
Ms. Brewer did answer the question about background checks at gun shows in her response (whether it was a good answer or not), which I also noted in the story. We don’t have control of what someone might presume she may have also said if it wasn’t included in the story.
As for free community college, while I couldn’t fit the whole response into the article, I did note Ms. Colaw’s intention to further study the state budget to research whether it was possible.
Again, I thank you for the email. I always appreciate feedback, particularly in summaries of political events. If you’d like to send your thoughts as a letter to the editor, please feel free to shoot it over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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