I came home tonight and after seeing the cartoon in the paper, I was appalled.

After the last Ilwaco Council meeting, my husband was asked about his statement of the fire station cost. He explained that the price of $1.8 million was the informal architect estimate of the replacement value of the old station, and not a price for a new station. In fact, it was discussed at length in the presence of the reporter what needed to be done to formalize the estimate.

Also, the insurance offer was only a preliminary offer, and does not include many costs included in the architect estimate. Again, this was openly discussed in a public meeting attended by the reporter.

He thought that he had made these points clear and even called the reporter back the next morning to stress that point.

Alas, the story was wrong in the paper. I know, my husband should have written to correct it, but he didn't.

I find Don Cole's cartoon, based on an incorrect story in the paper, to be an insult to the Ilwaco Fire Department, everyone volunteering their time to help with this project, and the citizens of Ilwaco who stood behind the firefighters.

It is, however, a fitting monument to what can happen when a newspaper fails in it's responsibility to print the facts.

Sensationalism belongs in the tabloids, not a community newspaper. Or, maybe I missed the change in the Observer's direction.

Sherry Ahlers


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