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Editor's View: Manners, good deeds and prison feedback

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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There are times throughout my career when things can get pretty weird. Once, while covering a city council meeting in another town, an angry resident approached me. He asked, “Why do you print what I say instead of what I?mean to say?” My response, “You say it, I write it in my notebook and we print it. That’s the way the news business works.” That was followed with thinly veiled threats and suddenly that dark parking lot sure looked more menacing than I’d previously thought. Law enforcement was present at subsequent council meetings after I informed city leaders of the altercation. Another time, I received a threatening series of e-mails. Those were turned over to Folsom Police Department. We don’t take threats lightly in the news business. As the old saying goes, don’t shoot the messenger. We simply report. Last week’s story on California State Prison-Sacramento drew the ire of one reader, who claims to be a former employee of that institution. Our story was a simple one — the prison received high marks (one of only three in the state) from a national organization. After a phone call featuring her screaming and shouting, I was forced to end our conversation. Hey, I did give her four warnings. The caller also came to the office and caused havoc with our neighbor, since we were all at the Telegraph’s annual Best of the Best party that afternoon and evening. We were forced to take action and have filed statements with law enforcement. Here’s a quick lesson on the proper way to give feedback on a story. The best course of action is to write a letter to the editor. I’m open to constructive criticism, but not threats. Keep letters to around 250 words and on a topic of local interest. E-mail them to me at the address listed at the bottom of this week’s column. Class of ‘45 goes country Madeleine Moseley, of Folsom, tells me the Folsom High School Class of 1945 will be holding their 67th reunion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 15, at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Palladio in Folsom. Attendees are responsible for buying their own lunch. Why Toby Keith’s? “I went in and asked them,” Moseley said. “They’re going to let us use the room. This is great. They’re new here in town and we should support them.” She encourages other classes to follow her lead by scheduling events with Toby Keith’s. If you’re interested in attending, or need more information, give her a call at (916) 985-3788. Doing good deeds The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom is gathering women’s clothing to help put together a wardrobe closet for women in a transitional living situation at Powerhouse Ministries. We’ll let you know more about this as the project comes to fruition. Save the date Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, will be speaking in Folsom at various functions including 7 a.m., Aug. 16, at the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom at Lake Natoma Inn, 702 Gold Lake Drive in Folsom, and the Rotary Club of Folsom Lake at noon Aug. 21 at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St. Guests are welcome to either event. He is also the featured speaker at 11:30 a.m., Aug. 23, during a Legislative Update of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce at Lake Natoma Inn. He will be speaking about health care reform and the impacts on business. For more information, visit folsomchamber.com or call (916) 985-2698. Reach Don Chaddock at donc@goldcountrymedia.com or follow him on Twitter @anewsguy.