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SoVaNow.com / September 27, 2012Dear Viewpoint:
As a former resident of Halifax County, I look to your online version to keep me informed of news that happens in my hometown. I must say that I am disappointed in the “news” that is shared in the paper. Recently, there was an article posted about a principal who was put on administrative leave. The story had absolutely no substance, and in my opinion served no purpose. As I commented and read other comments on the story, this story could be more classified as the town gossip, rather than informational. While I understand there are parents that should be made aware of these changes, I do not think that the local newspaper is the means in which this information should be shared. There was no value added by publishing this story. I am sure there are constant personnel issues that occur within the Halifax County Public School system. Why choose this particular incident to create a story about? There are some who argue that because this issue was with a principal is the reason it made the paper. I would argue that regardless of position, these issues should be handled the same. No one person is more important than another. Whether it be janitor or Superintendent, if you are going to create a story about personnel issues, you should create these stories across the board.
I would hope that in the future you would carefully consider which stories you choose to publish to avoid looking like a tabloid and losing all credibility.
Kimberly D. Wood