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Thankful for those who come to me with complaints

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

A few Community R-VI softball parents recently expressed concerns regarding a story written about the Lady Trojans regarding their game against North Callaway in the September 12 issue.
Each expressed thankfulness for the article but also expressed their displeasure in the final parts of the piece on the team making 14 errors in a loss. The 14 errors turned out to be the second most by one team in a game in state history.
I first want to say thank you to each of these parents for expressing to me personally how they felt about the article. In a world where many quite often complain about people without talking to the those they’re complaining about first, their expressed concerns directly with me was a breath of fresh air. I encourage it and I’m glad they talked to or emailed me.
I’ve responded to each person on the issue that addressed their concerns with me.
As a sports enthusiast and a former Sports Editor, I can usually tell if something happened with historical significance in a game based on the statistics we receive or compile ourselves.
When I saw the 14 error statistic, I knew that seemed like a record-level high. I checked MSHSAA’s website and sure enough history had been made.
As a supporter of both school districts, I would prefer to note only the positive entries in the state record book.
However, a newspaper reporter’s job is to include all important information that captures a moment in history that will likely never again be recorded anywhere else.
This isn’t the first time we’ve had to put such state record information in articles and our inclusion of these types of records is not slanted towards one school over another.
Many articles in recent years included state record notations that were ones other programs would like to soon forget.
At the end of the day, it’s important that our articles are complete, especially when our research has indicated another noteworthy piece of information.
A couple of weeks ago readers might have noticed my name listed in the Vandalia Police Report for a speeding offense. While someone in my position might normally be tempted to pull their name from the public record, I didn’t hesitate to run it. It again is a historical fact and needs to be recorded in print.
Again, I want to thank those parents who contacted me. The purpose of this editorial is for me to tell my side of the story in case there were others who had concerns but just didn’t share them.
I hope many readers can learn from this editorial as well. If you have concerns about something we’ve written, I strongly encourage you to give me a call or send me an email at
My respect goes through the roof for these parents who did not hesitate to contact me. I appreciate their approach so much and encourage others to follow their example when having their own concerns.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.