Editor's Notes: Nastiness is a small price to pay

Bill Green is the editor of the Marco Eagle.

Bill Green is the editor of the Marco Eagle.

Occasionally, when an article appears in the Eagle like Wednesday’s “Politics get personal at council meeting,” I will get a couple of complaints from readers.

“Don’t you know stuff like this makes Marco look bad” or “how can I sell my house with this stuff being reported in the news.”

Since the question is inevitable, I’ve decided to answer you in print today.

First, reporters such as Kelly Farrell do not sit through City Council meetings sifting through the ill-mannered topics to find the golden nugget that will make the island shine in the best light. Her chair is occupied by everyone who cares what happens in their city and who could not be present at the meeting. They depend on her to report what really happens.

Readers that depend on us also include those who don’t fully understand what’s going on. They turn to us to help explain the situation. And I must admit, sometimes it’s a challenge.

But let’s get to the core of the issue: Those citizens who argue and fight and name call and act like children. They’re the ones you should be calling the next day, not me. Although I do welcome your feedback, they’re the only ones who can put a stop to it. Demand decorum from your citizenry and your elected officials, and they will have no choice but to respond.

As I promised to keep this short and sweet — as to avoiding adding my voice to the many rants that occur — I have but one final point. When I look beyond the nastiness and finger-pointing, all I see, and most readers see, is a group of people who really care about what happens here. That’s a good thing. I’ve been in too many cities where the people do not attend council meetings, ignore the news and rarely speak out.

If a little nastiness is the price for thoroughly debated issues, I’ll pay it every time.

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Comments » 6

karenglaub writes:

You are so right Mr Green. Thank you for saying that. Marco residents deserve to know what's happening in their city. Sorry if some people here don't seem to care about getting the whole story from their newspaper.

Leroy writes:

Wake up Karen, you and your husband are two that complain and act like children at council meetings and you also support the other trouble makers, just watch the meetings.

playballonK writes:

I like Mr. Green.

Fossil writes:

Leroy, we all know your record when it comes to free speech. Either one agrees with the City or they should just shut up. The City could flush raw sewage onto your street and you would stand on your front steps and cheeer.

Leroy writes:

Hooray

TheVoice writes:

For a paper that states it will not print personal attacks on individuals there sure is alot of names highlighted and trashed in the letter to the editor does the word slander mean anything to you people?

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