Inappropriate Characterization

04/24/2014 8:04 AM

04/24/2014 9:36 AM

Re "Board rejects Indian temple location" (Our Region, APril 24): The article refers to the audience at the appeal hearing by ethic categorizations, apparently attempting to add some credence to the race and religious-baiting tactics of the project proponents. Not once did any of the proponents attempt to justify this misguided project on its merits, instead attempting to guise the appellants' case as discriminatory. On the other hand, the local residents clearly outlined the safety, security, and noise concerns, as well as what appeared to be a failure in due diligence on the part of planners to accurately portray the appropriateness of the site in question. The Herald community has no room for this sort of bigotry and the residents simply do not tolerate it. The characterization of the attendees at the Board hearing in terms of their ethnic backgrounds has no place in the story and falsely colors the true nature of the discussion.

-- Bill Tubbs, Herald

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