12/17/2013 11:21:00 AM Letters to the Editor 12/18/2013
To the Editor:
Mr. Cornelius's article regarding my lawsuit against the city of Sisters states "One of the conditions of that permit was the requirement to remove his building when the permit expired." Mr. Cornelius has enough experience covering this issue that he knows darn good and well that this statement is patently false. My original TUP (Temporary-Use Permit) DID NOT have a condition to remove my buildings at the end of the TUP. It was modeled after Richard's Produce's lengthy history of TUPs which also did not require removal of his buildings at the end of his TUP any year that business had been in operation.
My question is this: When is our city newspaper editor going to begin fact-checking his articles? There are numerous examples of erroneous information being printed in The Nugget about the Wild Mountain issue, this is not an isolated incident. And each example seems to add to a pattern which further casts Wild Mountain in a bad light.
Earlier this year I sent a letter demanding retraction of misinformation published in February about Wild Mountain, my letter was ignored by Mr. Cornelius.
The citizens of Sisters Country deserve a higher quality of reporting than they're receiving in this week's example. Perhaps the editor should consider another line of work, one for which he is more suited...
Mr. Karnecki's original Temporary-Use Permit document did not explicitly state the requirement for removal. However, city code requires the removal of temporary structures after expiration of the TUP, a fact Karnecki acknowledged by seeking a change to that code in March 2012 - a change the City of Sisters declined to make.
Karcecki's complaint itself acknowledges that "city planner Eric Porter explained to Plaintiff that that code stated that the building is required to be moved at the end of the TUP term, but that the requirement had never been enforced with Richard's Produce and that the Plaintiff should not expect that it would be enforced in his case."
Alleged assurances that the removal requirement would not be enforced do not mean the requirement did not exist.
To the Editor:
Sisters Rotary Club's gift to the community, "Magical Voices of Christmas," at Sisters High School was wonderful singing. My comments are limited to the first half of the program only. I criticize the staging of the acts only and not the performers, which were greatly enjoyed.
The contrast between light and dark, of being seen and not being seen, was huge between the presentation of the first three acts and the last act of the first half of the evening's program. The three choirs were on risers placed in the dark orchestra pit, no spotlights were used, while the stage behind and above the choirs was highly illuminated and empty. I could not see any of the singers and choirs. The last act, The Johnson Family, performed on the highly illuminated stage and were very visible.
The three young peoples' choirs should also have been on the bright stage where everyone in the audience could see them.
Even though it was disappointing not being able to see the choirs performing, I intend to go next year and enjoy the entire program of "Magical Voices of Christmas." I hope everyone will be performing on a well-illuminated stage.