Compass article unfair
Being the first day of the new school year, I felt compelled to voice my opinion on the unfairness of the article Not So Neighbourly, which appeared in the Aug. 10 edition of The Compass. I do not know if you, as editor, purposely printed some misconceptions, or you were only printing what was quoted to you.
We appreciated your policy of informing people that are mentioned in any article, giving them the chance to share their side, but after your conversation with my husband, Rex Vaters, the article was still misleading.
To say that “ both sides were openly trading insults and accusations” is untrue. Rex told you that there was no discussion about the bus being there until Randy showed up banging on our door, demanding Rex move the bus back to the depot. You also said that discussions have “ been heated at times.” There wasn’t even a “ heated argument“ on that day.
He went home and continued ignoring us. There was absolutely NO conversation between us. We didn’t even discuss any of this with anyone, let alone argue with them. The only things ever said about the Pike’s was in defence when you called. You also misquoted Rex when you wrote that he said the Pike’s were complainers. Rex told you that Mr. Pike was a complainer; he didn’t say anything about Mrs. Pike being a complainer.
You also mentioned in your article that Rex has little sympathy. On the basis of what was told to you over the phone, I was disappointed that your article still made Rex look like an uncaring SOB. Based on your conversation with Rex, maybe it should have occurred to you that maybe his sympathy had slowly eroded.
Just for the record, up to that point, we were good friends with the Pike’s; we shared meals, went for coffee, etc, and we viewed his complaining as just “ Randy grumbling again.” As Rex has told you, we were blindsided by all this. Rex also told you that Daphne Pike volunteered that they couldn’t even hear the bus in the morning. We aren’t sure when she had a change of heart.
Perhaps you were only printing what was quoted to you. I wouldn’t want to believe that it was written that way because that is what readers want to hear — juicy stuff, like we were here on Park Avenue feuding like the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s. It is so unfair to make innocent people look so bad.
Just for the record, Rex has since asked Randy for a time to set up an air quality test in his home and he has refused. It was plastered all over the front page of The Compass how they are so concerned for their health, so wouldn’t you think he would be anxious to have that done? If the Pikes’ house was filling up with exhaust, and their health was at risk, Rex IS NOT the type of guy that would do that, and he isn’t the unsympathetic jerk that your article and your “editor’s comments” made him look.
In closing, may I suggest next time you write an article you don’t take sides. Debbie Vaters