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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Clark's reporting on Fire Suppression all wet

April 21 Ray Clark wrote:
Example #1:
[Council voted] to accept Order #77, which forbids requiring developers to provide certain water-related fire safety provisions, despite the pleas of several members of the Planning Board. Don Hutchings, of the Planning Board, pointed out that the present Ordinance requires builders to provide water sufficient for fire suppression; he named the specific section of the Ordinance, and asked Councilor Andy Upham to read it aloud. For unknown reasons, Upham chose to read several extraneous sections.

BiasBust #1: Don Hutchings cited only a small excerpt of the ordinance. The ordinance under discussion is Subdivision regulations, Article 10, Section401.34 - Water Supply and it goes from A-H. Mr. Upham noted that the pertinent sections discuss public water supply and all the subsections have to be taken into account, not cherry picked out of context. The Planning Board relies on only part C, but in effect, if read as a whole from A-H the picture becomes clear.

BiasBust#2:The last sentence is false. Mr. Upham clearly stated his reasons for reading the other sections. Several times, as a matter of fact. He said it was for purposes of context as stated above.

BiasBust#3: Using words like “for unknown reasons” is inappropriate. If the reasons are stated, reporters should put them in the article. If the reasons are not stated, reporters should ask and then put the answer in the article.

BiasBust#4: Mr. Clark should actually go to the meetings that he reports on.

To read the section of ordinance:
Subdivision Regulations

15 Comments:

  • Mr. Clark's 'pipeline' for information has resigned! Ray will never get any 'Facts' second-handed...and to continue to take excerpts {out of context} and print them as truth is just plain ludicrous! He seems to take such pleasure in printing his falsehoods? Why would anyone support Ray and his temerity? He appears to thoroughly enjoy keeping 'Tempers' Hot!! I wonder Why??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:01 AM  

  • as long as tempers are hot, people will pay attention to him. it's hard to lose control, and acting outrageously is one way to try and gain it back.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:51 PM  

  • You are foolish... Ray Clark has dignity...
    The very thing you lack!

    There is no such thing here as "second hand" facts... the facts speak for themselves... But found on this nasty blog is the quintessence of Elizabeth Prata seeking forever to destroy this good man... and any other citizens that get in her path of destruction

    That, folks IS THE TRUTH

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:00 PM  

  • what is nasty about it? no name calling, use source documents, direct quotes. What is nasty about that to you?

    By Anonymous Biasbuster, at 4:25 PM  

  • The Truth does come with a 'Bit of a Sting' doesn't it!! Mr. Clark's Newspaper is marred by Greed, Aggression, Prejudice, Arrogance, Miss-conceptions,etc.,and I am so grateful for this Blog for attempting to help THEM "Get It", while interpreting the Truth for US! Keep Up The Great Effort!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:28 AM  

  • plop!
    There goes another of Liz's blind sheep... off the cliff!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:11 PM  

  • please do not refer to those who have a different point of view from you as sheep that die. Thank you.

    By Anonymous biasbuster, at 6:23 PM  

  • Hey Biasbuster.. you take things to a new level of insanity
    You take comments too personaly

    No one said the word "die"

    What an idiodic conclusion you have drawn from 5:11 's comment

    Get real!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:23 AM  

  • Biasbuster-are you Jeannie Adams?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:24 AM  

  • BiasBuster is BiasBuster, and will stay as long as needed, and when no longer needed will go help another town's newspaper in need of busting!

    By Anonymous BiasBuster, at 9:01 AM  

  • Jeannie Adams is biasbuter

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:36 PM  

  • Really! And batgirl is Nathan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:24 PM  

  • Would just like to say that - unlike a posted comment above, (5:00 pm)It is my opinion that Ray Clark has NO DIGNITY, NO ETHICS, AND NO CREDIBILITY! He has demonstrated this All By Himself! Accept it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:50 PM  

  • Batgirl is Nathan T?
    Especially interesting since the new batgirl is a lesbian, right?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:16 PM  

  • the old batgirl was a librarian, so some people thought that batgirl was one of the library trustees. I don't think you can read anything into this. The statement by anonymous above that batgirl was Nathan is just a guess, I think. And that blog is deleted now, so it's moot. Whoever batgirl was, may he or she rest in blogging peace.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 5:38 PM  

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