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Political Advertising Disguised as a Letter to the Editor?

28 March 2011 at 1:38:10 PM

As I read the current edition of the Glen Rose Reporter, I notice that this weeks letter to editor section appears to be a cleverly disguised political advertisement.  Any thoughts?


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1 - salon   28 Mar 2011 @ 3:58:09 PM 

I have studiously stayed away from reading the paper at all since January 1st. Can you put a snippet (fair use) up to look at? Who wrote it and what about?

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2 - enadaze   28 Mar 2011 @ 4:53:23 PM 

The "letter" was signed by Sandra Ramsey and is entitled "Informed voting is a choice".  It is about how the people should get out and vote and how his/her vote matters, but has an obvious underlying message.

"Do you have concerns regarding decisions made in local governmental groups, i.e., the city, the school board, and/or the water board? Are you satisfied with the current “elected representative” on the city council, school board or water board?"

Even the use of the term "a member" in her final paragraph indicates that this "letter" was morphed from something written about her specifically. 

"As a member of this generous and historic community, our task is to do all we can and not wait on others. Our responsibility is to be an informed voter, then VOTE OUR VOICE. Together we can continue to ensure our community with a thriving and positive future."

The "letter" was finished by an editor's note advising the reader that Sandra Ramsey was a candidate to fill Barbara Mitchell's remaining term on the city council and listing the important voting dates and deadlines.

After reading it a few times, it still gives me the impression that it is something most likely modified from her political propaganda in an attempt to disguise her message.

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3 - salon   29 Mar 2011 @ 11:00:17 AM 

So you're saying that she probably should have PAID for an AD.

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4 - enadaze   29 Mar 2011 @ 11:08:37 AM 


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5 - Tom   29 Mar 2011 @ 6:59:00 PM 

You are correct enadaze, this was a veiled political ad by Mrs. Ramsey, that passed for an editorial opinion. I am surprised that Kathryn Jones let it slip by her, unless she wasn't involved in the process. Mrs. Ramsey definitely owes the "Reporter" some ad revenue. But, nonetheless her words ring true. The next council needs people like her and Bob Stricklin, not narrow minded folks like some of our current council members. No names need to be mentioned, because all people that think this through, know what type of council and mayor this city needs. Just thinking.

6 - enadaze   30 Mar 2011 @ 11:20:49 AM 

I do not disagree with her words, I just perceived her veiled advertising as dishonesty.

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7 - pharper   31 Mar 2011 @ 10:02:57 PM 

I read that the other day and was thinking the same thing, why didn't she pay for that ad? I guess maybe the Reporter has a bias? or are they going to let ALL the candidates do a letter to the editor?

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