Thursday Jul 14 2011
Editor's View: A Folsom resident by any other name ...
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
I hate getting a name wrong and when you compound that with my partially deaf status, it makes matters even worse — at least for me. I’ve never been one to allow my hearing impairment to get in the way of my job. I may ask people to repeat themselves, or focus on their mouths while they speak so I can read their lips (and end up explaining they do not have something caught in their teeth), but those are trivial matters. At the Folsom City Council meeting, I flubbed the last name of a couple because I didn’t correctly hear it when it was said. I jotted down what I thought the name sounded like and proceeded to check the good ol’ reliable phone book. I found a couple listed with the same first names as those speaking at the council meeting and the last name looked phonetically similar to what I had written. I penned the piece the same night as the meeting and posted the story around 11 p.m., not giving it another thought. That was until a week and a day later when the paper hit the streets. I received an e-mail from the couple who expressed concern that I didn’t do my homework. “I am writing to let you know that despite the title of your comment piece, ‘Newspaper staff works hard to get it right,’ (Folsom Telegraph, page A4, July 6 edition) I do not feel you did your homework in the piece entitled ‘Planes, pooch on tap for city’ (same edition, page A1). “In this piece you mention how myself and my husband, Alice and Vic Laverdiere, approached the city council regarding the Sutter Street traffic issues in our neighborhood. Despite having many easy ways of checking on the spelling of our name, you did not do so. I also know that you state I said ‘the city should’ three times in quoting me. I never said the word ‘should.’ I presented my issue as one with suggestions but was only requesting the city research the issue again,” she writes. I apologize for getting the spelling of your last name incorrect. That’s my error. As far as the quote goes, the word “should” was never quoted but was in a paraphrased statement. Thanks for reading the Telegraph. While we aren’t perfect, we strive to be. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the Telegraph. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.