Airing ‘dirty laundry’

April 9, 2010 11:16:00 AM



Re: Steve Mullen''s column, "Pardon our progress ..." 


As a lifelong resident of Columbus, I took offense to your article where you clearly pointed out some of the biggest flaws of Columbus. And timing the article on the opening day of Pilgrimage when we have many visitors in our town was ridiculous. I served as a hostess in one of the Pilgrimage homes yesterday and the visitors from out of town were very complimentary on our beautiful town and the hospitality they had received since arriving. I feel certain that, if they chose to read our local paper yesterday and your column, they were probably disappointed and felt disillusioned by the charm of our town.  


I realize we have issues here. Big issues. What town does not? But airing our dirty laundry in the local paper by the editor doesn''t further the good of our city and certainly doesn''t promote unity amongst the citizens. I realize you are a transplant and have not loved it here - that''s been apparent in your column. But please don''t use your position as editor to promote hopelessness and bleakness in our community.  


I was most offended by this statement: "Please don''t ask where the bridge goes. No one wants to go there, on foot or otherwise" 


I live on the island. There are probably 20-25 residential homes on the island and several large industries. For you to suggest the island is undesirable is appalling and unprofessional. 


Mary Margaret Swedenburg, Columbus