The SCPR recently received an e-mail from a reader who is dissatisfied with both Sheriff Swanson and sheriff candidate Larry Dordea (2008.)
First, read the e-mail:Reader
Now let's deal with the questions and points made:
READER POINT ONE: The SCPR pushes Larry Dordea?
Larry Dordea was a challenging candidate to Sheriff Swanson. When yours truly interviewed the sheriff during the 2008 campaign, he had nothing but good things to say about Dordea.
Initially, the SCPR and Dordea got off to a rocky start. There was a SCPR article on Dordea suggesting that he was too parochial to be a countywide official. The issue? Centralizing 9-1-1.
Dordea took issue with the SCPR piece and said so in a comment to the published story.
Over time the SCPR has been somewhat impressed with Dordea and his ideas for restructuring operations at the sheriff's office.
The way things stand now, Dordea plans to run again for sheriff in 2012. However, the SCPR does not believe Swanson will run again and Dodea's likely foe will be Rick Perez.
All the reader has to do is to make telephone calls to the subjects of all the SCPR reports and ask them whether or not he/she thinks yours truly gives them a pass on specific issues even if overall the SCPR thinks well of the subject.
The SCPR is an "equal opportunity" critic.
READER POINT TWO: The Repository and the SCPR did not report the Dyshko settlement?
Here is a partial copy of The Rep's "online" report which came several hours after the reader's e-mail posting time.
As for the SCPR. Well, yours truly is not a reporter. My focus on commentary/opinion. Oh, sure. Here and there the SCPR does come on breaking news and scoops The Rep. But reporting cannot be a focus of a "one-person-operation."
This story is an example of what the SCPR does and which readers say does very well: "expansive opinion pieces."
READER POINT THREE: The Steffey/Dyshko settlements are evidence that Sheriff Swanson is not running a competent operation (including the jail) and does not have policies in effect to prevent Steffey/Dyshko-esque occurrences.
Moreover, the readers says Dordea (whom he supported in 2008) is back off his criticism of Swanson
The SCPR has gone out and gotten detailed responses from Dordea and Swanson. Here they are:
DORDEA:Dordea on Steffey and Dyshko
SWANSON:Swanson on Jail
What do you think?