The Gate Keeper’s sresponse: I agree residents must work for change however my question is what kind of change? It is past time that the residents stop allowing certain folk to get them all excited because they don’t like certain folk. Residents better do their own homework because the folk in place may be the best folk to represent your interest. The new energy I am trying to figure out because it is the same reporting and I know because I have been a part of it. Lindell Kay did an article on Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and myself and didn’t contact me but went on my blog and pulled out some content and did a story as if he had spoken to both of us. I confronted him about it and he told me he did the article because Higgs had called him about 10 times about doing a story. Lindell apologized to me during the meeting J. Kelly had at the OIC. He also quoted me when my friend Taro Knight died however the quote was not bad but the fact of how the hell do you quote someone when you have not spoken to them. Tickles the hell out of me how folk read the damn papers and don’t even consider there is another side to a story but they take stories about the city council and just because the papers said it it is true. Really! So glad I do my homework because if not I would just as ignant as the folk who are commenting and writing letters to the paper. But it ain’t so much they think what the papers write is true it is just that they don’t like who they are writing about so that automatically make who they write about the bad guy. As long as Fighting Crime, Concerned Citizens, Community Council, WHIG-TV and other c owned say it then it is fact. It is sad when so-called intelligent, religious and folk who say they are about what is right but continue to make ignant comments and then when a black man like me who ain’t afraid to respond to them call them out on their ignant racist mess, then they get mad. They can’t prove me wrong in my responses so they have to try to discredit me but the ignants don’t realize that the folk that are in their circle don’t like me anyway. So I just sit back and laugh while I continue to agitate them because since I am so irrelevant why do they continue to say my name. And lastly in this letter, I find the following to be too ignant, “We should all be thankful for a free press in our country and that our city has its own local news publication to promote transparency and accountability.” Really! So who owns the newspaper? How in the hell do you promote transparency and accountability when you are reporting one side and I know damn well the paper know other sides.
You may have noticed recently the sign of the newest tenant at the Mills when driving past on Falls Road: The Rocky Mount Telegram.
Ever since the newspaper moved offices over the holidays, it seems the staff has had a new energy that has been evidenced by it releasing with great haste over the past two weeks its own version of an old-fashioned newspaper extra on problems at City Hall that our leadership has not been forthcoming about.
And, contrary to the mayor’s dismissal of “newspaper articles and Facebook posts” in his statement at the City Council meeting this past Monday, it is largely thanks to the newspaper and the resulting discussion on social media (the modern day equivalent of a water cooler and front porch, for better or worse) that facts have come to light that concern the management and direction of our city. We should all be thankful for a free press in our country and that our city has its own local news publication to promote transparency and accountability.
However, let’s not stop at being consumers of media. In the early 20th century, a British newspaper reportedly asked the question “What is wrong with the world?” (Read more)