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Letter to the Editor: Transparency

The views stated here are those of the individual contributor and do not necessarily reflect those of the staff of HaddamNow.com.

While I disagree with the premise that transparency has left Town Hall, I commend the Democratic slate for its pledge to bring transparency and “sunshine” to Town Hall. Such a pledge ought be an apolitical one.

I am curious, however, if such transparency and “sunshine” will be consistently applied. For example, it would behoove Democratic candidate for Selectman, Melissa Schlag, to step down from her post as Haddam Bulletin’s Layout Editor come December. Holding political office while participating in a publication that covers such an office and its happenings is a striking conflict of interest between journalistic integrity and public service.

After all, how can the “watchdog of government” (as the media has been traditionally called) monitor government when it is itself a part of that government? Where is the transparency in that?

Dave Peterson, Haddam

4 Responses to Letter to the Editor: Transparency

  1. Edward Munster Reply

    October 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    The Haddam Bulletin was organized as a publication of the Haddam Civic Association. The by-laws of the association in Article V, Sec. 2 states “No elected SALARIED official of the Town of Haddam shall be on the Board of Directors”.

    Ed Schwing took over the Haddam Bulletin in April 2008 and in November 2013, the month she was elected First Selectman of Haddam, Melissa Schlag was appointed Treasurer. First Selectman Schlag served as a Director and Officer during her term in office and since. Either Schlag and Schwing have never read the by-laws or they have chosen to ignore them.

    The question of conflict of interest and media bias should be front and center whenever anyone reads the Haddam Bulletin.

  2. Steve Bayley Reply

    October 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Note: Republican Kathy Brown has been a Senior Editor for HaddamNow (a publication that covers the Region 17 school system) since its inception and currently serves on the Board of Education. Also, Republican Craig Salonia, who currently is the Advertising Manager for Haddam Now, is running for Board of Assessment Appeal.

    Personally, I do not think it is an issue. Kathy is a valuable contributor to Haddam Now and Melissa is a valuable contributor to the Haddam Bulletin. I am also sure Craig works hard to get advertisers for Haddam Now.

    Haddam Now provides good information, the Haddam Bulletin as well. Lets focus on the issues facing Haddam and work together to find solutions.

  3. Craig Salonia Reply

    October 12, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Sorry Mr Bailey but it isn’t the same. At this point I have not been elected to anything. If I am elected I will need to reevaluate my position. Also unlike Ms. Schlag’s previous position I don’t believe I will be getting a salary.

    • Steve Bayley Reply

      October 13, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Mr. Sulonia, Melissa has also not been elected to anything either. Your article states nothing about a salary, that was mentioned in a comment by Ed Munter. Based on your letter, it is the same exact thing. Stop the games and let’s focus on the real issues facing Haddam.

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