Restaurant unhappy with newspaper article
Editor’s note: The Saturday Independent did not intend to harm Jiffy Burger Restaurant in our story. We simply reported what source told us and did not implicate the restaurant of any wrongdoing. We apologize for the confusion.
To the editor:
We were both angered and disappointed to read the headline story on the March 24, 2012 edition of The Saturday Independent.
Our constitution gives great liberty to the press. Sometimes that liberty is abused. With great liberty, such as held by the press, comes responsibility. The Saturday Independent’s. headline article had in bold “MISCONDUCT” and then in detail described what it alleged to be wrongful conduct of the City Officials, but then ended the front page with a statement that prisoners did what they were told so rather than having to eat at the Jail they could be fed at Jiffy Burger.
We own the Jiffy Burger and this has been a respected business establishment for many years. Our business is selling food to customers, including people that the City may bring to our establishment.
Newspapers have the right to investigate matters and expose wrongdoing, but they have the responsibility, when they write such articles, to make sure they do not make wrongful insinuations against innocent persons who are not involved. The writer of the headline story in The Saturday Independent included our business establishment in the last sentence of his highly condemning article and it presented a wrongful reflection upon us and our business implying that we were somehow involved in the wrong doing. A responsible journalist would not have done so.
When a newspaper uses its freedom of press to expose what they consider wrongful conduct, they must be careful not to make insinuations at those not involved. To include the name of our restaurant in the story along with allegations of misconduct of City Officials is either irresponsible or abusive.
The writer of that article doesn’t realize that to include the name of a business, such as ours, in an article of that nature casts that wrongful reflection on the business, then that reflects irresponsible journalism. It is hard to believe that the writer wouldn’t realize that insinuation would be made, but if the writer had realized that that insinuation would be made and included it anyway, then that is abuse. The including of our business name in that article was either irresponsible journalism or abusive journalism. This community needs neither one.
We are sending a copy of this letter to The Saturday Independent with the hope and trust, but somewhat doubt, as to whether it will be published in its complete form. With this letter we are requesting that the editor of The Saturday Independent publish an apology of the wrongful insinuation made against Jiffy Burger.
We would like to thank our many friends who have contacted us expressing their support of us and disapproval of this unfair news article.
– Nancy Pennington, Tracy St. John
The News should portray candidates accurately
Editor’s note: Mr. Sandlin’s name was inadvertently left off of his letter last weekend, March 24, 2012. We apologize for the error. This letter was printed in The Tullahoma News March 28, 2012.
To the editor:
The Tullahoma News has taken sides in the District 4 Congressional race with a blatant misrepresentation of the facts.
The News has criticized Congressman Scott DesJarlais for spending on mailers to keep us informed of the happenings in Washington. Scott is not a big spender, rather the opposite.
The facts are, each Congressman receives a $1.4 million annual operating budget and then sets their own priorities. Scott chose constituent outreach mailers, which cost less than reimbursing his staff mileage at $0.51/mile.
Scott has the second lowest staff operating costs of any of the 435 Congressman, while having the 4th most rural and expansive district in the country.
Most mailers have a reply card asking for opinions on legislation, the data from which is compiled to let Scott know what his constituents are thinking.
Rather than being a big spender, Scott is frugal – getting the most bang for the buck – while focusing on constituent outreach. In 2011 alone, he gave back $126,000 in unspent funds and plans to give back $100,000 in 2012. He has been a faithful conservative, fighting for limited government and fiscal constraint, regularly going against his own party.
Scott should be praised for his frugality and independent thinking rather than derided.
The News is obviously backing current State Senator Eric Stewart for Congress, as evidenced by the multiple times Eric has been on the cover of the paper in the last few months.
This is somewhat surprising considering the newly drawn District 4, effective Nov. 2, 2012, does not even include Coffee County or 95% of Tullahomans.
As a private company, the News has every right to endorse one candidate over another, but we would all be better served if the News would stick to informing its readers of the accomplishments of their candidate rather than inaccurately depicting the accomplishments of his opponent.
– Greg Sandlin
Reader says it is time for a good political spring cleaning
To the editor:
I absolutely love this time of year! The days are longer and the weather is warmer. Around the house, most of us have been doing some much needed spring cleaning.
Ohhh how appropriate that is right now in the City of Manchester! Talk about hypocrisy! Seems to me that Mayor Superstein and others in Manchester City Government believe that the “hippocratic” oath is for them and not for doctors!
Here we have city leaders that deemed it too costly, early in the process, to move a water line for the now failed Koh’s development but yet they have absolutely zero hesitation to use city resources to dig their personal ponds, require inmates to wash their personal cars, have inmates clean out their personal garages and I am sure so much more.
Now this is HYPOCRISY at its finest! Oh, did I forget to mention that these actions are a felony? Why is there no investigation?
Where is the District Attorney in all this? Why is there no public outcry DEMANDING these people either resign or are placed on administrative leave pending an investigation?
Mayor Superstein has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership and disgraceful behavior not only as it relates to leading the charge to purchase worthless swampland for a cool half million dollars but also her bungling of the Kohl’s development, her public rampage that was so well articulated with her use of racial slurs and now to top it all off – her potentially criminal actions!
If these allegations are true, and they appear to be, then she is no less a criminal than the criminals that she forced to work as her personal servants!
I will at least give her this much credit…her and her inner circle that appears to have conducted these alleged criminal acts have done a masterful job of redirecting the anger and outrage from them and onto one of Manchester’s most respected businesses – Jiffy Burger.
They have taken a well known and loved local establishment and completely thrown it under the bus for no other reason than to cover their own MISCONDUCT by redirecting the attention away from themselves. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!
Maybe soon the people of Manchester will wake up and DEMAND her resignation. How long are we going to let the garbage pile up at City Hall? Sounds like to me that it is high time we do some real spring cleaning…except this time at City Hall!
– Dave Bridges