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Letter: More time fact-checking

I see by this morning’s paper that Chris Collins has joined the dubious club of writing without bothering to check the facts, joining the editorial writer who wrote the “Snow Job” editorial a couple weeks ago. If Chris had bothered to read The Recorder’s own coverage (ably done by Diane Broncaccio), he would have learned that it was Tedd White, not Phil Keenan, who didn’t want to hold selectmen’s meetings because he didn’t want to work with Keenan. Collins comment has the situation and the blame diametrically opposed to the actual facts.

As John Taylor ably pointed out about the Snow Job editorial, before the paper writes comments criticizing the Mohawk School system (or others) for canceling school, it should at least check to find out why it was done. If the editorial writer couldn’t be bothered to contact the school administration, he might have at least talked with The Recorder’s own delivery people about the weather conditions in that area. If he had, he would have discovered that while Greenfield and the valley apparently got rain, the hilltowns Mohawk serves got up to a foot of very heavy concrete-like snow, so much so that we never got a paper that day — apparently our carrier, like the school system, felt it wasn’t worth risking his vehicle or anyone’s life in those conditions.

A little time checking the facts beforehand prevents a lot of embarrassment later. It’s not that hard to do, but perhaps you are too soft.



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