Thursday, 25 September 2014

Letter Writing 101: never indulge your phantasies in a letter to the editor

The Daily Examiner carried this interesting exchange in its letters columns on 24 and 25 September 2014:

Congrats Debrah

Sincere congratulations to Debrah Novak for her 20 years at The Daily Examiner.

In my now 15 years of residence in retirement in the Clarence Valley, Debrah has always been incredibly honest and painstakingly fair on any project we worked together on. She possesses a genuine interest in all things and all people and causes in the Clarence Valley.

When she did a photographic essay on an island within the river, near Maclean, on which certain original inhabitants of our Valley were confined five decades ago producing some of the state's finest fruit and vegetables, this basic inequality really affected Debrah and I was privileged to be one of the few in Maclean with whom she shared some of her most private thoughts on past inequalities.

John Berlin1

Vivid imagination

John Berlin must have a vivid imagination to believe he and I have worked on projects together or that I have done a photo essay of Ulgundahi Island.

John Berlin and I have never worked on any project and I would never work with him on anything.

I have only spoken to this man on two occasions and not at any length. One of those times was when he was being arrested for impersonating a police officer, something he was later found guilty of.

Debrah Novak

1. The Daily Examiner, 24 August 2011, Fraudster put behind bars

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