Here is the letter we wrote in response to the article in the Almanac.
Here is a link to the original article: http://www.almanacnews.com/story.php?story_id=1819
We were amused to read your June 7 Reporters Notebook entitled “Mad Cow disease” (by staff writer Andrea Gemmet).
For someone who “winces” at wordplay, Ms. Gemmet is pretty good at it. However, apparently she has weaknesses in a couple of other subjects:
â€¢ Reading – She failed to read that our survey had 228, not 2,000 responses and to understand that it showed an overwhelming fear of retaliation.
â€¢ History – She failed to appreciate that the Federalist Papers, which were written under pseudonyms because of fear of retaliation, played a very important role in creating the environment which enabled the Declaration of Independence to be openly signed.
â€¢ Journalism – The importance of protecting sources who fear retribution.
â€¢ Computers – We are pretty good at answering questions sent to us by e-mail (other than those dealing with identities). We can be reached through our site at www.citizensofwoodside.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
COW’s “agenda” is to raise the concerns of the community. Since COW started raising the issues of concern with the planning/engineering/building permit processes, the town has started to react and make improvements. More is needed. This community bulletin board provides Belle COW alerts when important items are on the City Council agenda. Our clear purpose is to provide a voice to all COWs, even those with unpopular opinions, and to encourage everyone to participate on local issues.
Citizens of Woodside