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Editor responds to critics
A Column by the Editor
posted April 22, 2010
COLUMN – It is nice to see that another
Letter to the Editor complaining about the editors personal opinions on
fiscal matters of our county government made the local papers, but not
Edgefield Daily. With more important issues facing our county residents
such as our county operation budget coverage, lack of emergency
response vehicles, child molesters, crime, and burglaries - responding
to the two opinions was far down on the list of priorities. However, I
will take time out to respond and say that everyone is welcome to his
or her opinion. However, the news is the news and opinions are just
It is true that Ray Brooks, President of Piedmont Tech sent his letter
to the editor to Edgefield Daily and it was refused for publication. It
was refused due to our standing policy that as the county’s only daily
news outlet we do not publish articles, opinions, or other news that
has already been published in our local weekly papers. We will place an
embargo on an item, release, or story to coincide with publications in
the local papers, but we will not publish anything already submitted
and published by other news organizations.
Since Mr. Brooks intentionally waited until after the letter was
accepted and printed by one minor publication before sending it to
Daily the letter was rejected due to standing policy and Mr. Brooks was
advised as to why the letter would not appear. If he is misleading
others on why the letter was not published he is not being honest.
To one of Mr. Brooks’ many misrepresentations he presented is the fact
that Mr. Bill Klauber did state, and was accurately quoted, that if the
Edgefield County Council did not restore funding to the 2008-2009
funding level Piedmont Tech would close its Edgefield Campus. Mr.
Brooks denies that fact and claims Edgefield Daily misquoted, or in his
words “misrepresented”, the content of the meeting.
I can assure you that quotes are accurate as Edgefield Daily digitally
records every word spoken at the meetings and uses the recording to
provide exact quotes in our news reports and is the only news agency in
the county to do so.
Furthermore, Mr. Klauber made the same statement again at the April 20
budget workshop meeting of the county council when advised that funding
was going to be restored to the current fiscal year level of funding of
$42,908. Klauber said Piedmont Tech would accept the money and still
close the Edgefield Campus.
In an earlier opinion I stated that it was basically a threat, the
county would fork over the money or Piedmont would close the Edgefield
campus. I feel that was an accurate depiction when Klauber presented an
“either or” ultimatum then, and doing so now for a second time just
enforces the ultimatum, which I will continue to take as a “threat”.
Mr. Brooks also called me a liar when he stated I wrote in an opinion,
not a news report, that I was approached by a staff member of PTC in
Edgefield after the April 6 county council meeting. Since Mr. Brooks
cannot get his facts straight on what his own representative said at a
meeting he attended, he has no clue as to whom I spoke with unless he
is all knowing and all seeing. I think that job is already taken.
The woman approached me and we had our discussion. A third person
listening to the conversation stated to me afterwards that the
conversation “looked fun”. I made a comment that it was not “fun” and I
did not know who the woman was, only to be told she worked for Piedmont
That, Mr. Brooks, is not a lie, and it is you who are misleading
people, not me.
Then along comes John D. Culbertson with his letter to the editor on
Wednesday claiming that “a blogger” is attacking Piedmont Tech and that
I (presumably) refuse to have an honest debate on the subject because
Edgefield Daily refused to publish Mr. Brooks’ letter. Perhaps he might
want to use the same claim of bias against the Edgefield Advertiser who
refused to print my single sentence response to Mr. Brooks’ letter that
was published in their paper but allowed Culbertson’s a near half page
In addition, Mr. Culbertson sent his letter to the papers that never
published any of the opinions he complains about and not to Edgefield
Daily where the opinions were published.
Their readership reaches less than 4,000 readers a month. Edgefield
Daily reaches 25,000 readers each month. It would seem logical to place
his opinion where it would reach the highest number of readers, not the
I challenge Mr. Brooks and Mr. Culbertson to find a single statement in
any news report published by Edgefield Daily that is factually
incorrect. As far as the editor’s opinions, they are formed on the
facts contained in the reports and recordings of public meetings and
available documentation which are readily available to anyone.
Mr. Culbertson goes on to constantly refer to Edgefield Daily as a
“blog”, and not a news agency. A ploy used by the likes of Bettis
Rainsford and others who do not like factual reporting of the events
that take place in Edgefield County government and those who are
the decisions, in public or behind the scenes.
Edgefield Daily has independent media credentials that can be verified.
Perhaps Mr. Culbertson should “fact check” his own statements before he
In closing, Mr. Culbertson makes the tired and already disproved claim
that I write reader comments in the Wandering Minds. To Mr. Culbertson,
it seems, anyone who does not agree with him must be fictional. Imagine
Fortunately that is not the case. Edgefield Daily allows anonymous
comments from readers as well as all online media outlets from the
Augusta Chronicle to the New York Times.
What the once powerful few in the political elite in Edgefield despises
is that Edgefield Daily gives those who were previously afraid to make
their opinions known the ability to make their views available without
retribution from the very same people they fear.
Freedom comes from the political class fearing the general public.
Tyranny comes from the political class threatening the layperson not to
challenge their power.
Edgefield Daily stands in their way by giving a voice to the otherwise
silent majority and therefore becomes the target of hate directed at me
as the editor, Edgefield Daily, and the people who may disagree with
them. I have no problem being the lightening rod for everyone else.
same opinion will be submitted to the area papers for publication.
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