Herald – Make no mistake: We strive for accuracy, accountability

The Bellingham Herald / Opinion / Make no mistake: We strive for accuracy, accountability
“One of my least favorite but most important jobs here at The Bellingham Herald is being the editor in charge of corrections.

It’s my least favorite

ob because I hate it when we make mistakes.”

“But I also think it’s

itally important that we find and correct…”

Don’t worry, I’m laughing with the Herald, not at them. The irony, for them to toot their own horn on a day when they have performed their itally important ob on a letter I wrote. I was plenty frustrated with a touch of anger when I read their version. But when I came across the Opinion piece and recognized the irony; I just smiled and laughed. I guess that would put irony into a product of God rather than man.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

I wrote this post the other day titled Letters to the Editor. It included my letter to the editor, but I copied it here also:

Contrary to most recent headlines, many people such as me are still pleased and confident with President Bush. The defense of our nation should be one of the federal government’s primary concerns. President Bush has identified threats to our nation and is dealing with them rather than rolling over in submission, as so many in our nation think we should. Islamic and socialist nations and rulers have little to offer other than suffering, oppression and hopelessness. Still many in our nation place them on pedestals and call the media to admire and report their “progressiveness.” It makes me nauseous.

We fought in support of our great nation and our way of life in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and others. Why quit on our nation now? There are also a lot of people around the world counting on us for defense because they can’t and others won’t. Let’s not quit on them either.

I support this President and I pray his successor will be even more vigorous in defense of our nation and freedom around the world.


Here is what was printed online after they performed their itally important ob:

Contrary to most recent headlines, many people such as me are still pleased and confident with President Bush. The defense of our nation should be one of the federal government’s primary concerns.

Bush has identifie threats to our nation an is dealing with them rathe than rolling over in sub mission, as so many in ou nation think we should Islamic and socialis nations and rulers have lit tle to offer other than suf fering, oppression an hopelessness. Still man in our nation place the on pedestals and call th media to admire an report their “progressive ness.” It makes me nau seous.

We fought in support o our great nation and ou way of life in the Revolu tionary War, the Civil War World War I, World War II Korea, Vietnam, the Col War and others. Why qui on our nation now? Ther are also a lot of peopl around the world countin on us for defense becaus they can’t and other won’t. Let’s not quit o them either.

I support this presiden and I pray his successo will be even more vigor ous in defense of ou nation and freedo around the world.

Wally Wallace Ferndale

shhhhhhhooooopp. That’s the sound of me sucking in all the air I’ll need while I wait for them to do their ob and print a correction.

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4 Responses to “Herald – Make no mistake: We strive for accuracy, accountability”

  1. wally says:

    On 1-21-07 this letter to the editor from Peggy Borgens, Ferndale was printed with a response to the letter I am referring to in this post.
    http://www.bellinghamherald.com/124/story/46884.html dead??? try http://ferndaletwp5.blogspot.com/

  2. Scott Ayers says:

    By the way Wally,
    If you, or any of your regular readers, ever want to ask me questions about what we print and why — or how mistakes like the one that happened with your letter and my column happen — I am more than happy to talk to anyone.
    I am always open to talking with all members of our community. Please encourage your readers to contact me by phone at 715-2294 or by email at scott.ayers@bellinghamherald.com whenever they have questions, suggestions or complaints.
    I think it’s great that people in our community have blogs like this one about important civic and political issues in our community.
    I’m working on a system that would allow all local political blogs to get links through our Web site to help increase their visibility. I’ll let you know when we get that up and running.

  3. Mark R says:



    I’ve seen some weird typographical faux pas stemming from format translations, but the fact is they are missing them, and that’s just hilarious for this student journalist. It’s reminiscent of a highschool paper or worse…

  4. Scott Ayers says:

    I just wanted to personally apologize for the mistakes in your letter to the editor online. The printed version was correct, but apparently we had some technical issues posting the Sunday paper online.
    I corrected your letter online immediately after receiving notice of the problem when I arrived at work this morning. My column is also correct online at http://www.thebellinghamherald.com/columns.
    Thanks so much for reading. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.
    Scott Ayers
    Opinion Page Editor
    The Bellingham Herald