Posted by Geoff Gillette, Danville Weekly reporter, on Mar 17, 2009 at 9:58 am
Geoff Gillette is a member (registered user) of Danville Express
I would like to take a moment and respond to Katy's comments.
1. The article was not "totally revised". In between the time that the article was originally posted and when we went to press, changes were made in editing the story for our print edition. Further quotes were added, some language was changed to make the story read better. As a result of reader comments, we also attempted to make it more clear that the funds in question were not general fund monies, but instead came from the Community Development Agency, which is a separate entity. The funds must be used for downtown improvements and can't be used to pay down debt, etc.
2. On Friday, we post our entire print content, both in pdf form and each story as it appears in the print edition. The original story (and all the attendant comments) were not in fact deleted. The story remains online at Web Link, but the headline position it held was lost. The current architecture of our website does not allow for the new and old stories to be merged or linked. If we re-do an online story, it will come into play with an 'updated' tag on it. Regardless, in this case neither the story nor the comments were deleted.
3. No one's comments have been removed, changed or otherwise altered. There were two threads that emerged from this story due to the posting of the print version. Regardless, the changes to the updated story were not censorship but clarification and did not alter the facts that were presented or present them in a different light.
4. The Danville Weekly has taken no editorial position on the stimulus package. The story presented was a recounting of what happened at the meeting where the stimulus package was announced. If Katy had appeared at the meeting and expressed these concerns to the council, we certainly would have reported it.
5. The Town Council meets this evening and has a section called "For the Good of the Town" if anyone wishes to attend and express their concerns about this stimulus package. If you intend to do that you should get there at the beginning of the meeting as that is one of the first items on the agenda.
You can also write a letter to the editor, attend one of the monthly Mayor's mornings (next is 7:30 a.m. April 10 at Chow's), contact your council members or contact me directly. 837-8300 ext 234
6. We only remove comments from the Town Square forum when they are offensive, libelous or in some way violate our Terms of Service.