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I feel your pain, Ed.
Stonington First Selectman Ed Haberek's recent letter to The Day, "Haberek: 'Sensationalism' distorts coverage," (July 10), complaining that the newspaper publishers do not always reveal the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, has some merit; but then again, the same thing can said about politicians like Haberek.
As Stonington's zoning enforcement officer for over 20 years I learned a few things and I experienced some defaming headlines and articles about me in the The Day and Westerly Sun that fell short of full disclosure to the point where my side of the story was inaccurately revealed or else it was distorted and spun to suit the whims of the newspaper publishing staff or administrators at Town Hall.
I guess as a public official I was expected to just grin and bear it, or so advised one of my superiors. I am thankful to no longer be associated with this administration.
Lastly, I'll always be grateful for the advice given to me by former Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bob Granato concerning distortions, inaccuracies and criticisms in the newspaper: "Just wrap yesterday's dead fish in it."
Perhaps Haberek should adhere to some of this advice.