Blame publisher, not the managing editor


Managing Editor Ted Escobar may be getting the blame for the controversial Tom Paul story, but the writing seemed quite consistent with this newspaper since Roger Harnack became publisher. If Mr. Escobar were truly the sole conspirator, then it is only because he understood too well the expectations of his boss.

As a downtown property owner, I know first-hand how the biggest inhibitor to investment is Roger’s drive to turn The Daily Sun into a local tabloid catering to an ideological fringe. If this is an intentional business strategy — to exploit the fears of an aging and withering minority with a distillation of delusion and hatred — then it is, at best, a short-sighted strategy. It is easy to get outside entrepreneurs interested in investing in Sunnyside. It is harder to assuage potential investors from the negative images pervasive in Portland and Seattle. It is impossible to get them to reconsider after they discover the Sunnyside daily.

I understand the challenges newspapers face, but must Mr. Harnack burn down this city as he leads his newspaper to bankruptcy? Sunnyside’s potential is exhilarating. You can see a vibrant new economy trying to emerge from within our dynamic demographics.

If only we could deport all the Roger Harnacks who peddle their illicit fears to the most susceptible of our community. If only we could build a barrier to prevent future Roger Harnacks from coming here to rape the reputation of our community, and get Daily Sun News to pay.

Ronald Fredricks, Sunnyside


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