So um, have you picked a winner yet?
From my own personal experiences on Tucson roads, elderly, demented (diagnosed and not), drivers are far more dangerous and numerous than impaired and teen drivers combined.
With that being said, Dan, you are an inspiration for us chubby guys. However, I am keeping my fat ass on the couch.
And a human being died.
Susan: As you might imagine (and I've told you in at least one other environment) that I can't legally discuss personnel issues with people other than those directly involved. However, you're welcome to discuss the issue with Mr. Vanderpool (you're connected to him in some way, yes?) himself.
Thanks for your concern, however. Investigative reporting is incredibly important to me and will remain a part of our mission, as it always has.
Yes Dan, the weekly has changed!!! Gone is Tim Vanderpool!!!I personally would like to know why. While I can respect that you, as the man at the helm, can make any changes you would like, the last thing that interests me is your cover or the movie section. The most important issues are those that are at hand in our community and Tim was one of your best writers. So, enlighten us Dan, why is he no longer among your flock?
I hope you will find the time to reply to this post. I know about 30 people off-hand that would love to know the answer. And while that might seem like small potato's to you, Tucson really is a tight community.
Hopefully it will not seem like a minor detail to you. Investigative reporting is important to us as a community. I often relied on your paper to accomplish this. Now I am dismayed by your ethics and integrity. I have no other understanding of Tim's disappearance, other than, his articles are gone. It is disturbing to me as a reader. While I know many times you have pontificated, about how many readers follow the weekly, I feel it is important to offer an explanation to all of your readers. I'm not sure which readers are the important ones' in your eyes, but hopefully I will be one of them and you perhaps will resolve this issue and bring back Tim and his articles!!!!!(and explain) He is sorely missed!
Oh for God's sake, all you naysayers, give the guy a break. I think the Weekly's looking fine, Dan. And you're still scooping me on some stories, so in my eyes you're doing great :-)
We love you Dan, think you have done and are doing a bang up job. The fact that you do get yourself in trouble and on Romenesko is what is so endearing about you.
M Duer: funniest comment ever!!!
I'm just glad the movie times have been restored to their rightful place. What with the internet, regular phone, and giant marquees I could never figure out which "lowest-common-denominator Hollywood flick" I would be able to squeeze in between community service and the methadone clinic. Keep up the good work, Dan, and don't let the bastards get you down!
Good job Dan!
PVK/Scarpia, B: You might need to work on your reading skills. "Honestly, I thought the paper would have changed more in my first year..."; "There's a lot more to come, even still ahead of us in 2013."
But yes, Jimmy was a great editor for the Weekly. I couldn't agree more.
Happy Anniversary from one crazy person to another!
Well done Dan and the Weekly team! Excited to see what's ahead!!
No Dan, you didn't say that, but you have now I guess, and yes, you have a long way to go just to catch up to Jimmy, let alone improve The Weekly.
Scarpia, B: Didn't I say that?
'Looking at the covers of this year's issues, I think we've done some great work," but don't hurt yourself patting yourself on the back. You have a long way to go.
How long will the punishment last for his victims? A lifetime. One would assume he's having a lifetime of therapy to work out his "issues" that caused his behavior in the first place. If I was a member of that church, to get that job, it would be mandatory. None of that takes away from the fact that abuse changes who we are when it happens. We become different people than the people we were meant to be.
I am glad to hear you had trouble deciding whether or not to run the story. My opinion of you went up ten fold.
Mr. Gibson, I can understand your "mixed emotions" certainly with regard to the concept that Christians should be forgiving and that punishment shouldn't necessarily be forever.
But before someone can be forgiven, especially for something as horrible as the rape of multiple children, shouldn't they take actions to take responsibility for their actions, beyond just serving time in prison? As the main article on this topic notes, Mr. Holtan apparently did not even inform Church leaders that he served jail time, instead whitewashing his own crimes as "inappropriate relationships" that resulted in probation. The reality of the situation is that he was a person of authority who took advantage of multiple young teens, who is back in another position of authority. I can assure you that he has left his victims with emotional scars that will take far more than 15 years to heal, and while he apparently wants people to move on, he doesn't seem to be interested in taking responsibility. Without that, there certainly can not, and should not, be forgiveness.
The difference between a 22 year old dating an 18 year old, and a 29 year old teacher having sex with multiple 15 year old students couldn't be farther apart.
Looking with rational eyes, as you suggest we do in your comment, involves paying attention to research and law rather than anecdotal stories.
Young people who experience abuse by a person in a position of authority most often have to struggle for years to recover. This is why laws are in place to protect minors (ages 0-17). I would suggest talking to people who have had the experience, or reading literature that addresses the issue before assuming that you can understand it based on the story from your high school.
Also, many people with age differentials choose to get married as adults. Adult is the key word.
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