Sunday May 29, 2016
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Tom, Butch Klein, and his wonderful wife Kathy, lived next door to my parents. That was my first, but by no means last, introduction to them. Butch Klein was a man among men. He was a man who loved God, loved people and loved life. He was a man to be looked up to, listened to, and emulated. I was blessed to have known Butch and Kathy Klein. I wish peace and grace on Kathy, and Godspeed to Butch. I know that Butch is rejoicing with the angels in his heavenly home.
Yes, you are correct, this world would be a far better place with more Butch Klein's in it. You would have liked him.
Butch was an amazing man. While I grieve our loss and have to accept that we will no longer have the blessing of seeing his beautiful, joy filled face on Earth, I also rejoice, for I know that Butch is safe in the arms of our Savior who he loved so very much.
Butch was a man among men. He will be greatly missed.
By the way, to answer your question, KRIM posted it on their Facebook page within minutes of the incident occurring.
Pat, far be it for me to attempt to speak for Don or Ron, as they both speak quite eloquently for themselves. However, I believe the point is, that they are both, as well as are many others who do not post on here, perplexed as to why a news organization on the other side of the country posted the news of the shooting within hours of the incident, however, the Payson Roundup had nothing. It is irrelevant when the Payson Roundup is released, as the on-line version is changed, updated and current every day of the week.
News of the shooting was on social media within minutes. Not hours, not days, but MINUTES!
We cannot all live in a fantasy world where every social boundary, and every personal wish is entirely respected, and observed. News is news. The Payson Roundup is supposed to be in the business of reporting the NEWS. This shooting, whether, you, or I, or anybody else, like it, or not, is/was NEWS.
As for your comment to Mr. Evans regarding a picture, that was an ugly and nasty thing to say. Mr. Evans is NOT a ghoul, nor a gossip monger. His complaint was simply wondering why our LOCAL news source was usurped by a news agency on the other side of the country. Which is a valid question.
Finally, nobody is looking to "hash things out on here", people are simply wondering why our "award winning local newspaper" dropped the ball.
But of course Pat!!! It is no secret that the esteemed Publisher, as well as his Editor are diehard Kenny advocates!!
"Do you feel that the police officer, no matter what the circumstances were, was in any way responsible for the crash?"
Absolutely not! While my heart breaks for the loss of a young person, and for the devastation that his family, friends and loved ones must surely be feeling (and my prayers go out to them), he was the sole architect of his decisions.
If every single one of us sped up or drove erratically when a law enforcement vehicle was behind us, communities would be in chaos. The report indicates that initially the motorcyclist was not speeding and that the Officer did not intend to stop him. The Officer was merely pulling into traffic. However, the motorcyclist clearly had fear and/or concerns about law enforcement being behind him. Whatever those concerns were, they were compelling enough to make Mr. Breyette drive erratically, and dangerously, at a high rate of speed, in an effort to avoid law enforcement. Once he began driving erratically and at a high rate of speed, that "raised red flags" for the Officer, thereby indicating to the Officer that further investigation was merited.
Based solely on the facts in this story, in my opinion, all culpability falls on Mr. Breyette; and the Officer was in no way responsible for this crash.
Oh Pat, my goodness, I had quite a few more interactions with Mr. Voden than it sounds like you had. I would certainly not say that we were friends, however, we knew one another by sight and always exchanged greetings, and chat's. And, I still agree with Stephanie.
Mr. Voden made me very uncomfortable.
Of course, his wife has been in my prayers, as has Mr. Burnett's family.
For you to imply that one must choose sides in determining who to pray for is astounding.
Mr. Voden was a troubled man. For Mr. Burnett to have been shot 4 times, 2 of them IN THE BACK answers all of my questions.
For me, my prayers go out to all of them. Yes, including Mr. Voden. God will take care of the rest.
Tom, you say, "His point of view was obviously biased". That comment is so far beneath you and the integrity, and neutral and unbiased commentary that you normally put forth, that I am beyond astounded. You totally and completely disregarded Ms. Reidhead's previous comments that she had been actively involved in learning about and addressing the Rim Country water situation for a very long time; and simply focused on the fact that she garnered a small bit of information from a man who willingly put himself in the public eye and in it's crosshairs to participate in the democratic activity of our election. That is the man which you simply and categorically dismissed as though he were so much detritus under your shoes. Because he is not Kenny Evans, he is obviously biased and misinformed. Very, very disappointing!
You, yourself have repeatedly stated that you only come into Payson once, or at most twice a week. You do not watch the news. You do not actively and personally participate in Town events. You gather your information from internet research and the Payson Roundup. You don't even live in Payson! I, on the other hand, regularly submit FOIA requests to Town Hall for information. I regularly attend Town Council meetings, and those which I am unable to attend, I watch on-line. I have met, and interacted with Mayor Evans many times. I have met and interacted on many occasions, professional and social, with John Naughton and his wife, as well as with Pete Aleshire. I have met and spoken with many, many Town of Payson employees, who to a person, despise Kenny Evans, and yet live in fear of him and his wrath. I too, do extensive internet research, far, far beyond the Payson Roundup.
You have repeatedly invoked the Journalist's creed; which reads, in part, "While various existing codes have some differences, most share common elements including the principles of—truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability—as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public." Each of the attributes mentioned are not ones which can be applied to the Payson Roundup, nor to your most recent avowals of support for Mayor Evans. The Payson Roundup, by Pete Aleshire's own admission, does not commit to investigative journalism, rather, they have a lunchtime chat with Mayor Evans, and take his word as gospel. That is most assuredly NOT, objective or impartial. And most assuredly, it is NOT in the best interests of the public.
I am certain that you will now be angry with me, however, I am also equally certain, that once you go back and review, OBJECTIVELY, you will see that you have done a disservice to Mr. Roberson, as well as to Ms. Reidhead. Ms. Reidhead deserves to have all of her work, research, efforts and conclusions, respected, rather than dismissed simply because she garnered a lead on information which you don't deem to be a credible source.
I will have to go back and review the reports and resolutions; however, one thing that has remained embedded in my memory: The Council AT THE TIME, gave Mayor Evans the approval to act and make decisions for the Town ON HIS OWN. The deal with JFM went through, under those conditions.
Please remember that this was a Council which did not under any circumstances, question Mayor Evans. As a matter of fact, during the election when Su Connel was on the radio doing her candidate interview, and was questioned about the water deal, as well as about the sweetheart pool deal, she had few, if any, lucid, logical, intelligent answers. There was a lot of, "Uh gee, I will have to go back and read those reports, I don't know right off-hand". Once she was off-air, she received a phone call which was a blistering chastising from Mayor Evans. This is known because he could be heard by the others in the room!
Dolores Dailey, thank you from the bottom of my heart!! This has not been easy, nor has it been fun. It was compounded by having my reputation so severely impugned about my visit to the newspaper offices. Fortunately, the recipient of the heinous lies, knows me very well, and laughed off the stories, stating that the behavior that was mentioned would have NEVER been exhibited by me. One day, I will share it with you.
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