Beyond The Norm-Mel

A mistake I regret

Being human there are occasions when we just flat out make mistakes. It's part of life.

Working at a newspaper, facts are important. We try to find out who did what, when, where and if we can, why. They are all important elements of what we do.

On occasion we make mistakes. It's part of life and the communication process.

Unfortunately, I recently made a mistake. In my business, when you make a mistake, it's out there for everyone to see.

In a recent column I wrote that Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell had brought Veoila Water to five different communities in which he had worked before.

I was wrong. He has worked with private water and wastewater companies in the past and developed contracts with companies, but Veoila has not been one of them. I have since personally apologized to our city manager and am now trying to set the record straight.

Although that part of my previous column was not factual, I do stand by my statements and belief that privatization is not the answer for Sunnyside and I am happy with the council's recent move to abandon ideas of privatizing.

. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail


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