Dear Mr Hemig
I read your Op-Ed with some interest this evening, as I am a blogger. I became a blogger in August of 2004 when the Union could not keep track of my Other Voices, they just seem to keep disappearing into some round file, or when they were found and published the issue was long forgotten. There was a concerted effort to stifle my voice in The Union. This came after I wrote columns for The Union for many years. My only option was to start my own blog NC Media Watch. The purpose was to offer another voice in the community, when The Union could not get it’s facts straight.
Once Jeff “The FUE” Pelline was no longer The Union editor the need to write other points of view diminished and I moved on retiring NC Media Watch, focusing more on politics and again offered to write columns for The Union. Well that is until the Publisher/Editor did not want to hear that anthropogenic global warming could not be supported scientifically and did not want anyone presenting arguments the ran counter to Amy Goodman’s liberal crap science, which he paid for. Therefore, I agreed to never again write for The Union, as the paper was not interest in scientific facts, only AGM clap trap science. “Fair and Balance”??
I am now writing blogs, Sierra Foothill Commentary and The Next Grand Minimum. Yes, it is commentary! My opinion. But, if you read my blogs you will find supporting links and documentation to support my views. We really see links in The Union to the supporting facts.
I have not spend much time reading The Union lately, but now that you have concluded that my opinions are not worth much to the community, and The Union is the only “fair and balanced” source of news and information in the community, I will be read The Union once gain with more interest. I hope that you and your reporters can live up to the challenge of being “fair ad balance” because, when I find that you have not met the challenge, I will be pointing out your failure on my opinion blog, Sierra Foothill Commentary.
Yes, you have pissed off this blogger and all the other bloggers that strive to provide alternative voices to a medium and has been less than honest with their readers in the past. Collectively we have broken stories that the main stream press would never cover, and are not covering yet.
Have a great week end.
Russ Steele, Blogger
Sierra Foothill Commentary
Next Grand Minimum