The Communications Committee followed up on an item in the minutes of the October 5, 2003 committee meeting, regarding a questionable letter posted on the Forum last month and attributed to the Trinidad City Council. After it was brought to the committee's attention that there was a good chance that the authorship of the so-called council letter defending the character of an individual was in question, the committee requested that City Attorney Eugene Duran verify the validity of the letter in question.
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For reference, the original Forum posting of September 24, 2003, has been reproduced below.
On September 16th, 2003 a "Concerned Ranch Owner" c/o PAUL at email@example.com decided to email my comments, "RE: Welcome to our new neighbors" to the City Counsel of Trinidad. They added the following notation:
"I read this and was appalled that a business owner in my town thinks so little of its work force. Maybe you should have a talk with him about his conduct. This is what Mr. Phelan wrote about our people"
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To the concerned individual – here is a precept of the counsel's reply. It will be posted in the newspaper in its originality.
September 23, 2003
Dear Concerned Citizen;
In response to the email distributed to the Counsel members of the City of Trinidad, we would like to acknowledge that unsolicited, unsubstantiated and most importantly anonymous letters of defamation of one of our most important contributors of the community is insulting to the counsel and will be disregarded.
Personally, we found nothing derogatory in the purported comments made by Mr. Phelan. Quite frankly, we acknowledge that issues with the quantity and quality of our workforce could use improving. Mr. Phelan has worked closely with the counsel, local and state workforce agencies in designing needed improvements in facilities, education and job posting requirements. Additionally, Mr. Phelan is a leading employer of our senior citizens and rehabilitative center students.
Since you have elected to remain anonymous, we don't know the statue and level of your contributes to the community. On the other hand, the City Counsel is well knowledgeable of the community support and charitable activities that Mr. Phelan, his family and his business offer in the form of scholarships, financial aid, scholastic events and other contributory projects in support of our youth, civic activities, seniors and needy citizens.
It is quite disheartening when individuals unknowledgeable and disconcerted in true civic matters would attempt to defame a leading contributor to the community.
City Counsel of Trinidad