By Dave Solt, San Juan Capistrano
In a sad era of our history, Senator Joe McCarthy would ask a person the same question over and over again. “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist party?”
When he had asked it enough times in public, folks would begin to wonder if there was any truth to it. Is the recipient of the question at least a little guilty? After all, haven’t we all heard this acquisition before?
This is the type of transgression Councilman Derek Reeve is guilty of through his columns in The Dispatch.
I know this fine newspaper allows columnists and letter-to-the-editor writers to speak freely. This is usually a good policy. However, Councilman Reeve is abusing this privilege by using this paper to spread misinformation. His recent guest opinion (“It is Time to Respectfully Agree to Disagree”) is a personal attack and a continuation of his spreading information he knows to be wrong (30 percent water rates increases). He has previously put forth these same shameful items in your respected paper, at City Council meetings, in the Common Sense newspaper and elsewhere. He is getting his opportunity to make false claims over and over to the point readers will say, “Hey! Haven’t I previously read about outrageous water increases?”
This paper retains the right to edit submissions or refuse to print them. Please, in respect for your brand, The Capistrano Dispatch, exercise your rights when Reeve abuses his privileges by stating the same lies and personal attacks over and over again. Please add a footnote with what your reporter knows to be correct data and add a disclaimer to personal attacks.
Please do not provide Reeve a forum for his repeated yelling out loud, “Are you now, or have you ever been?”