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A mistake, but never any intent to hurt

February 20, 2005|by BOB MAGINNIS

On Sunday, Feb. 13, The Herald-Mail printed my column about African-American candidates for the Hagerstown City Council.

In that column, I said that Alesia Parson had been recruited to run for council by the Rev. LeRoy Guillory. I should have double-checked that part of the column or eliminated it. I did neither. That was wrong and I have apologized to Parson. I apologize again today to her, to my colleagues and to the readers of The Herald-Mail.

This is no excuse, but I did not do this out of malice. In my haste to get the column completed, I overlooked the need to check this crucial detail. That was wrong. My job is to get the facts correct. This time I failed.

My failure should not affect Parson's run for office. By all accounts she is a dedicated community activist who has advocated for positive things like more funding for the Memorial Recreation Center, for voter registration and for creation of events to bring people of all cultures together.

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Neither should my failure detract from the reputation for professionalism The Herald-Mail has. Its staff gets the facts right and their performance should not be tarnished by my failure.

I believe it is my responsibility to use my position here at The Herald-Mail to work for a better society.

Last Sunday I failed in that task and I apologize to Alesia Parson and all concerned.

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