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Baised Editorial

Monterey Herald, Nov. 20, 2005

Dear Editor:

Shame on The Herald for its biased editorial on Carmel Valley incorporation. The accompanying letters to the editor echoed the thrust of the editorial, confirming that The Herald has taken a position that is one-sided, selective in its facts and reasoning and committed wholly to the rhetoric of the proponents.

Had The Herald reporter who attended the Oct. 18 hearing remained to the end, the story the following day would have had a far richer content. It would have revealed problems with the incorporation that LAFCO could not ignore. Among these were LAFCO's exposure to a lawsuit with a negative declaration, unresolved conflicts over the boundaries, and reliance on fiscal data that had outlived its usefulness. Only an environmental impact report could address these and other considerations in a comprehensive analysis of their interplay and effects.

The commissioners were not arrogant. To brand them as tools of developers serves to reveal the bias of The Herald in this exceedingly complex matter. I find this to be unworthy of a major newspaper upon which so many of us depend for information.

Melvin J. Steckler

Last Updated: Dec 06, 08

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