Sensitivities not my fault

LETTER

Re: Disrespectful to not air concerns directly at hui, July 29 letter.

Ivan Lomax has me at a disadvantage on a number of counts.

He claims to have a pretty good handle on what motivates me although l confess to having no idea about his own reasons for heading into print.

A couple of things though that may help to put the record straight.

I submit opinion pieces to The Gisborne Herald which are printed at the discretion of the editor, as are similar contributions l make to other media outlets around the country.

I try to focus on issues that involve local people being disadvantaged by either local or central government, as was the case in last week’s Herald story exposing regrettable behaviour by Gisborne District Council and The Tokomaru Bay Heritage Trust.

Almost without exception, l try to stick to the verifiable facts and contrary to Ivan’s claim, approach each subject in the most respectful manner.

It isn’t my fault if, by telling the truth, the sensitivities of those who have let down their fellow community members (including yourself lvan) are ruffled to the extent that they are forced to defend the indefensible.

Anyone with half a brain reading that story and the references to my version of events could not escape the fact l was unaware of any pre-publication hui that might have enabled me to address the Tokomaru Bay community and as a result, eliminate the need for this discussion ending up in the media.

My idea of operating respectfully may seem old fashioned but usually requires the organisers of any such hui issuing an invite to blokes like me to attend such a gathering, even if it looks pretty obvious that, by accepting, you sign your own death warrant. There was no such invitation.

Consequently, l leave it to the readers to decide who is acting disrespectfully.

Clive Bibby

Re: Disrespectful to not air concerns directly at hui, July 29 letter.

Ivan Lomax has me at a disadvantage on a number of counts.

He claims to have a pretty good handle on what motivates me although l confess to having no idea about his own reasons for heading into print.

A couple of things though that may help to put the record straight.

I submit opinion pieces to The Gisborne Herald which are printed at the discretion of the editor, as are similar contributions l make to other media outlets around the country.

I try to focus on issues that involve local people being disadvantaged by either local or central government, as was the case in last week’s Herald story exposing regrettable behaviour by Gisborne District Council and The Tokomaru Bay Heritage Trust.

Almost without exception, l try to stick to the verifiable facts and contrary to Ivan’s claim, approach each subject in the most respectful manner.

It isn’t my fault if, by telling the truth, the sensitivities of those who have let down their fellow community members (including yourself lvan) are ruffled to the extent that they are forced to defend the indefensible.

Anyone with half a brain reading that story and the references to my version of events could not escape the fact l was unaware of any pre-publication hui that might have enabled me to address the Tokomaru Bay community and as a result, eliminate the need for this discussion ending up in the media.

My idea of operating respectfully may seem old fashioned but usually requires the organisers of any such hui issuing an invite to blokes like me to attend such a gathering, even if it looks pretty obvious that, by accepting, you sign your own death warrant. There was no such invitation.

Consequently, l leave it to the readers to decide who is acting disrespectfully.

Clive Bibby

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