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|I urge every Pentacle member to read all the letters I have posted, to see why I firmly believe something very wrong happened with the board's handling of the CD project, and that the future stability of the theatre is in jeopardy when business is conducted in this manner.|
The Statesman Journal has a logical policy that no more than one letter from a given individual may be published within a 30 day period.
Notwithstanding, I (Randy Bowser) wrote a letter which I hoped could be included somehow in the paper, to answer Molly Fitzsimmon's ill-informed letter which she wrote in response to my letter to The Statesman. - Randy Bowser
Correcting misinformation and misapprehensions in Molly Fitzsimmons' letter of Sept. 13 regarding Pentacle Theatre's "Metropolis" cast album:
--My letter to The Statesman (Sept. 10) was written solely to inform the public that the CD will not be released, not as a "complaint."
--My reasons for not directing "The Mikado" are personal, and a totally separate issue from the "Metropolis" CD.
--I personally recruited a very able director for "The Mikado", Heather Webber, before informing the Board of my decision to not direct the show. The Board did not have to "search" for another director.
--I still produced the recording for "The Mikado", so Pentacle will have the professional sound track I guaranteed.
--Private funding for the CD was secured when Pentacle's Board became concerned about subsidizing it. Pentacle was at NO "financial risk."
--I gratefully accepted the Board's proposal that they monitor the CD sales themselves.
Surely my respected colleague Molly does not mean that personal resentment toward me is why the Board vetoed the release of the "Metropolis" CD.
Or does she?
Molly's letter expresses her loyalty to Pentacle, and I believe her indignation is sincere.
However, I think it is inappropriate for her to have addressed two different issues, "The Mikado", and the CD topic. Worse, her information on both topics is incorrect, as explained above.
The personal nature of her attack is an unfortunate choice for one who is representing Pentacle Theatre in an official capacity.
Barbara Curtin, the letters editor at The Statesman, and I, exchanged several messages after Molly's letter was published. Barbara politely informed me of the paper's policy to not run letters by the same author within a 30 day period.
Barbara asked for details about my complaints over Molly's letter. The following is one of the messages I sent to her in reply:
After emailing my response to Fitzsimmon's letter about the CD, I remembered the paper's logical policy limiting the number of an individual's letter submissions.
But it's unpleasant for me that the final word about the CD on the opinion page is factually inaccurate and a negative reflection on me personally.
Friends have advised me that Fitzsimmon's letter is libelous, but I don't see how I'm able to correct her publicly announced false and misinformed statement.
This sort of problem must arise often with the opinion page. I don't understand how people in this kind of situation can set the record straight--how do they have a chance for rebuttal when they've too recently had a letter published?
Rhetorical question, I guess. It's a new problem for me, and so am sharing the quandary.