Stef Geraghty | Chicago Reader

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Re: “A small-town newspaper publisher's alternative universe

Ms. Madeson, contrary to your implied assertion, I in no way suggested withholding tax payments as a form of protest; what I in fact stated is that it is our taxes that support our government's policies and that we do in fact have an established process to challenge those polices and therefore are all culpable.

You are correct that in some regards I do live in the past. However, in the present, despite the entrenchment of many of our current elected officials we do have avenues within our democratic process that can transcend the electoral vote: we have the right to peaceful assembly; we have the right, as individuals or as a part of grassroots coalitions, to lobby our elected officials; and we have the right to express our opinions in the media without recrimination so long as we don't run afoul of slander or libel laws. And in this last I think your overall ambition to enhance political and social awareness on a micro level is laudable.

However, in this instance, in my opinon, absent you having identified your publication as a vanity publication not operating within the confines of established journalistic ethics, your treatment of the Killians' announcement was inappropriate and I maintain that you owe Mr. Killian and his family an apology.

The irony of this dialogue is that, philosophically, I agree with your stance on the immorality and fruitlessness of war.

As such, let us bid one another adieu and forestall what could degenerate into a completely counter-productive piss fight that in no way will benefit Mr. Killian or his family or any other active duty soldiers or their families.

Goodbye and good luck. Stephanie.

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Posted by Stef Geraghty on 10/08/2012 at 10:20 PM

Re: “A small-town newspaper publisher's alternative universe

Ms. Madeson, we all lend our energies and faculties to a government that perhaps often does "enforce questionable if not outright immoral policies": we pay the taxes that support those policies despite the fact that we have an established democratic process by which we could effect policy changes. I do admire the young men and women who take an oath to lend their bodies, along with their energies and faculties, to defend our country and the basic tenets that are the foundation of our democracy. And I still think you ought, if you haven't already, proffer an apology to Mr. Killian and his family.

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Posted by Stef Geraghty on 10/05/2012 at 10:19 PM

Re: “A small-town newspaper publisher's alternative universe

I would agree that more independent, local, unbiased journalists are/would be a good thing; however I think Ms. Madeson's add ons to the Killians' announcement are completely inappropriate and reprehensible. Editorials belong in an editorial column. And Ms. Madeson might have thought a bit longer about the fact that Mr. Killian had just spent 13 weeks voluntarily doing harder things than most of us will ever have to do w/ the expectation that he might spend the next 4 years having to do even harder things. Becoming a soldier is admirable and shame on you Ms. Madeson for ridiculing it. What our government chooses to do w/ our soldiers is what should be the fodder for your commentary, not the young men and women who have made a firm commitment to defend things such as our right to free speech. You owe that young man and his family an apology and I hope you can get over yourself and your poor journalistic skills long enough to offer it up. If for nothing else than to not cast a bad light on independent, local, unbiased journalism.

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Posted by Stef Geraghty on 10/03/2012 at 11:38 PM

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