Correcting quote in paper
I want to thank you for your newspaper’s recent reporting about the issues involving Ferris Animal Control services and the position of the Ferris City Council. I do appreciate the enthusiasm Ms. Grey has shown for this coverage.
However, I must draw attention to the fact that her article of July 23, 2009 ("Animal rights activists protest city policy") incorrectly paraphrased what I said during the City Council meeting. What I did say, specifically, was that, "[t]he memo sent out for its ‘shock’ value shows, on the otherhand, the tack of professionalism and lack of good communicative skills of the Ferris City Council towards their employee [e.g. Misty Clark] and reflects poorly on Ferris as a whole." I contrasted this to the positive image that Ms. Clark’s work as ACO has brought to Ferris in my opinion. Never did I refer to the Mayor Pro Tem individually as I feet this was a City Council issue as a whole.
As I am very acutely aware of the need for precision in language for the nuances it conveys, I wrote out what I wanted to say beforehand and read my discussion points verbatim.
I have enclosed the actual printed copy that I read from during the July 20th city council meeting and highlighted the section I refer to above.
Note: (Excerpt is from Linda Gregg’s highlight of her original copy) "The memo sent out for its ‘shock’ value shows, on the otherhand, the lack of professionalism and lack of good communicative skills of the Ferris City Council towards their employee and reflects poorly on Ferris as a whole."