Letter: No news here
I was intimately involved with the newspaper business for more than 16 years and spent most of those years overseeing editorial boards and working with editors on news that we deemed worthy of providing to our public.
On Friday I opened the Concord Monitor to find a front-page article (which in my tenure as chief operating officer of a 250,000-circulation newspaper was mostly reserved for truly news breaking stories) entitled “Mayor, developer have business relationship.”
The clear slant of such a headline was to try to portray something, that upon investigation was an arms-length deal, as possibly something that it is not. The story describes a rental arrangement between Concord Mayor Jim Bouley’s lobbying firm (Dennehy & Bouley) and developer Steve Duprey. The story brings into light the “ethics” of such arrangements. However, in the story we learn that the rent paid by the mayor’s lobbying firm is fair market value and that the lease arrangement has also been subject to normal rate escalations.
Where’s the story here? Even if you thought there was a conflict of interest, after learning of the fair market value lease arrangement, where is the news?
What disturbs me even more is the fact that a person like Duprey, arguably one of the most involved people in Concord’s redevelopment, is seemingly maligned by such an article.
Our city has been in a state of decline, and Duprey and his business associates have invested capital, taken a huge financial risks, spent tireless hours in an attempt to revitalize our city.
The gratitude we show is to write stories such as this? Really?
We need more people like Duprey who actively make a difference to try to help the people and business owners of Concord.
RICHARD T. MORENA