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Airing dirty laundry

September 5, 2013

As a lifetime resident of the Williamsport area and a former Little League player, I wonder why the Sun-Gazette finds it necessary to air the city’s dirty laundry on the front page during Little......

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catmantwo

Sep-09-13 12:45 PM

By what I witnessed at the little league complex a few weeks ago, the Sun Gazette was selling a lot of newspapers to visitors. I am sure they would not be there if it wasn't profitable. I think a lot of visitors read and take home editions of SG as souviners of the world series. They also got a lot of tv time on ESPN during the series. ESPN even said that Sun Gazette is THE record of little league world series. I also agree that all the daily good and bad news should be in the paper and on the front pages during the series. Life doesn't stop for little league. Seems like there are always those who dislike their hometown paper and hometowns, no matter which town they are from.

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CMReeder

Sep-06-13 8:28 AM

Condescending! They will be calling it more than that later on.

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gavinf56

Sep-05-13 6:11 PM

"I'm frankly more embarrassed as a local resident by the editorial page." - MikeR7

I'm not.

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Scott36

Sep-05-13 1:17 PM

MikeR7, Just a word of warning, I have been accused of being "condescending" for a similar comment.-Scott

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MikeR7

Sep-05-13 12:57 PM

Crime happens and is reported everywhere, no matter how ugly or disturbing. I'm frankly more embarrassed as a local resident by the editorial page.

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Scott36

Sep-05-13 11:18 AM

enigma, your comments @ 10:08 are excellent. News is not always what we want to hear/see. I do not believe that anyone decided to pack up and leave, or would not come back in the future do to some crime being reported. As you say, this area is not unique to having some who break the law.

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enigma

Sep-05-13 10:08 AM

Does anyone really think that people would be impressed with a paper that had rainbows and lollipops on the front page for a week and a half? No one would believe that a city, even a small city like Williamsport would have no stories of crime or corruption. It's the paper's job to print the news. I for one don't want to be uninformed during the World Series, so that you can have the illusion that the world has been fooled into thinking that Williamsport is some perfect place.

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Scott36

Sep-05-13 9:41 AM

Some good posts here, I am sure very few are startled to see that the area has a crime problem, just like every other area.

What I would like to add though is in response to radioactive, & msamerica101. As for myself, whenever I am in a different area, especially a new one to me, I always get a local paper. One of my favorite sections is the LTE's. I am interested in how people in different areas view things.

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Capricorn1

Sep-05-13 9:27 AM

Wes.... spot on

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wwhickok

Sep-05-13 9:22 AM

Cap, you're not wrong about my first paragraph, I think it may have been a bit harsh. I think those that followed my comments who basically said "the world doesn't stop turning for an event" basically summed up what I was trying to say (I just could've done so more eligantly).

I thoroughly enjoy the different cultures in the area during the summer. But Mr. Reidy, for you to use that as an excuse as to why we should "hide" our reality...give me a break, if there's one thing the citizens of this city should be tired of, it's truths being hidden from us and/or others.

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msamerica101

Sep-05-13 9:06 AM

Because it sells newspapers and it makes the city/police look good for catching the criminal and putting him behind bars.

I agree that probably no one coming here for the LL World Series is reading the newspaper anyway. If they do they most likely are going straight to the sports section to read about LL.

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aretesancus

Sep-05-13 8:14 AM

Perhaps Mr. Riedy should direct his anger at Demetri D. Carroll, the man who was the focus of that August 23 S-G article. It's not the S-G's fault that headlines and news stories portray this City in a negative light, particularly when it comes to crime; it's the people who engage in criminal activity who should be held accountable for our City's bad publicity.

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AnniegetURgun

Sep-05-13 8:10 AM

Mr. Riedy, the picture of Raymond Kontz escorting a criminal to the magistrates is definitely dirty business. If I recall correctly...he was convicted of stealing Little League pins from a mom n pop shop and is still working for the Williamsport Police. That August 23rd picture was priceless to some fans. Crime pays alright

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Capricorn1

Sep-05-13 8:00 AM

Because not everything revolves around a bunch of Foreigners taking up residence in our city for a week. Forgive me if I'm not one of those who feel the need to bow down to The Japanese, Eurpoean, Mexican, Out-of-Staters, etc for the one week a year they are in town. -Wwhickok

Wes, read your first paragraph again and ask yourself if perhaps it may be a bit harsh. No one is saying you should bow down to anyone. But, I'm glad you redeemed yourself in your second paragraph. Personally I think the city does an o.k. job hosting Little League, as they should considering this event brings the city more revenue than any other event throughout the year. But to stop the press from reporting real news happening locally, is just an attempt to hide our problems. Every city has problems and I'm sure our guests thought nothing of it.

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CMReeder

Sep-05-13 7:49 AM

You know the world doesn't stop during Little League week. Wars continue, people get killed, politicians make boneheaded moves, tot falls in abandon well and is rescued and a couple celebrates 50 years of marriage.

Little League is not the only event. Besides all those other stories would be seen on other media outlets, why should the SG not cover them?

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spike2

Sep-05-13 7:36 AM

I agree with Erik. What should a newspaper do, hide news? Frankly, the majority of "locals" don't attend Little League and I really doubt that out-of-towners or foreigners are lining up in the morning to grab an SG. Isn't it better to give whatever "news" exists to the regular readers? Would any major city who has a constant flow of visitors or internationals alter their newspaper for a singular event?

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wwhickok

Sep-05-13 7:11 AM

I also agree with the lot of you suggesting that it's wrong to 'hide' the realities of this city during Little League Week. What are you afraid of Gene? Are you afraid that maybe those coming here for the Little League World Series will begin to worry about their own safety and then the city will actually have to start addressing problems with real solutions?

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wwhickok

Sep-05-13 7:08 AM

Because not everything revolves around a bunch of Foreigners taking up residence in our city for a week. Forgive me if I'm not one of those who feel the need to bow down to The Japanese, Eurpoean, Mexican, Out-of-Staters, etc for the one week a year they are in town.

I think the Little League World Series is great, I think it's great that all these families travel the world to see their kids play and by all means, as far as I'm concerned, they're more than welcome here. Having said that, with all due respect, I'm not going to put my life on hold for them just because they don't like the way it looks or sounds..but then..they're not the ones complaining are they?

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eriklatranyi

Sep-05-13 6:41 AM

How would you feel if the Sun-Gazette did not report a scandal in the Mayor's office until after Little League?

What if there is corruption in Little League? Should that be hidden until the games are over?

This is the slippery slope when you have anything other than a free, independent, unbiased press.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Sep-05-13 6:40 AM

They either watch TV or they use their Smart phone or tablet to go to their normal sites for news.

I guess there are probably some that if they get a newspaper delivered to the doorstep of their motel room, they might flip through it quickly. But the question is....is that newspaper the S/G or the USAToday?

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Capricorn1

Sep-05-13 5:34 AM

Hiding our crime problem from the outside world does not make it any less of a problem. Perhaps during the 11 day series the SG should simply stop reporting anything but what happens at little league. Would that make Williamsport a safer city?

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Tgrammiex4

Sep-05-13 4:56 AM

What are they supposed to do? Save it all up and wait till all the LL visitors go home?

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