"The animosity is between me and Bob Story (Daily Sun News managing editor)," said Sunnyside City Councilman Bruce Ricks.
Ricks used that statement this morning (Tuesday) to clarify what he said is a misconception that the Sunnyside City councilman has issues with the Daily Sun News.
"The reporters that are there at the newspaper, I have a lot of respect for," said Ricks. "I think that Mr. Story is let run amuck with his editorials."
Ricks said that he doesn't have a problem with the local newspaper. Ricks said he has always been treated fairly by the reporting staff. Ricks said for a long time he has had problems with Story and former Daily Sun News Publisher Tom Lanctot. Ricks said based on the "frustrating" personal history he has with Story and Lanctot, it has led to the animosity he feels towards them today.
In regards to a line in an email that was read aloud at Monday night's Sunnyside City Council meeting regarding the Daily Sun News not printing the truth, Ricks replied that he bases that remark on his own research.
Ricks said that Story in his editorials lets his vendettas be known. Ricks said as an individual he has the right to let known his personal gripes.
"I can have my personal feelings," said Ricks.
Ricks said if Story can speak for the community in his editorials then why can't he speak for the community from his Council seat.
As far as letting his personal feelings factor into the controversy surrounding the rejection of the newspaper's bid to publish legal notices, Ricks said he wants to make sure the city is spending its money appropriately. Ricks said he is only one vote and the rest of the Council will side as they see accordingly.
"The city gains by a fair bidding process," said Ricks. "It (the legal bids) will prove out one way or another."