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Editor's View: Reader asks 'Whose side are you on?'

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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I’ve had two readers call regarding our purported political leanings as a newspaper. One, named Chris, believes we’re a liberal, leftist anti-American paper. Another, who didn’t leave his name, said we’re a “Nazi” goose-stepping extreme far-right “spreader of hate.” He demanded a retraction. I guess if both sides are upset, I must be doing something right. The second caller claimed “the newspaper is spreading hate on page A5, A7 and A11” of last week’s paper. He specifically noted the letter, “No place for gay marriage,” because letter writer Joseph Rodrigue called “homosexuality … a disorder.” I didn’t write the letter and it is strictly the opinion of the letter writer. If the anonymous caller, or anyone for that matter, would like to offer their opinions, writing a letter to the editor is the perfect vehicle to do so. He also claimed that because we have Tom Rupp, a teacher from Capital Bible College (as well as a Folsom resident), writing a column for us, we are barring other religions. I welcome submitted columns from any religions. Simply contact me for submission guidelines. E-mail me at donc@goldcountrymedia.com. Doing good deeds Sharalee Andrew, the community relations liaison for BrightStar Healthcare in Roseville, tells me there will be a yard sale in Folsom to help raise funds for the 2010 Sacramento Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s. The sale will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of Folsom residents Ignacio and Michiko Cespedes at 705 Larson Way. They are accepting donated items until 8 p.m. Friday at the home where the yard sale is taking place or at their Roseville office at 2010 Estates Drive, Suite 107. They can also come pick up some items. To learn more, call (916) 781-6500. Chamber roundup Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) will be speaking at the Folsom Chamber of Commerce luncheon tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at Lake Natoma Inn. If you haven’t reserved a spot, you may be out of luck. Check with the chamber at (916) 985-2698. The cost is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. I hope the chamber allows his opponent, Dr. Ami Bera, a chance to speak at a future luncheon. Don Chaddock can be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.