I confess to surprise verging on shock that the January issues of the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers would abuse its public trust by marshaling its reporting staff to manipulate public opinion on a subject on which the public has diverse views.
You jumped headlong into an attempt to open up the road closures on JFK Drive through Golden Gate Park and the Upper Great Highway, not through the normal editorial process, but in your news reporting! This is an abdication of journalistic responsibility that I did not expect from your trusted publications. It casts a shadow that I will find hard to overcome.
The front-page story by reporter Thomas Pendergast is tendentious about a lawsuit against the Recreation and Park Department and Commission. It quotes one-sided opinions only, followed by similarly loading the letters-to-the-editor section. Paul Kozackiewicz adds his heated commentary.
Will this suffice? You even bring in the Dahlia Society! (And does it rate a full page?)
These roads are under the jurisdiction of the Recreation and Park Commission, not DPW, and it is not obligated to provide commute lanes, so Rec. and Park is acting responsibly in its mission to provide safe and healthy recreation to all segments of our community – which, btw, includes underserved racial groups. That, sir, is what the world needs more than cars, which are a major contributor to climate warming.
Go back – you are going the wrong way!
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