It was recently brought to my attention that Keven Graves of the Whidbey News Times wrote another editorial that was again one sided and berift of facts in the local paper.

This time it was concerning Mayor Dudley and the replacement of his “executive assistant” Renee Recker and the subsequent lawsuit filed by Christon Skinner in her behalf against the city.

When I heard of this I did go to the Whidbey News Times and read the article. I normally refuse to read the local paper either the print edition or the online edition because of their one sided reporting and editorials. As soon as I read the obviously biased and one sided article I called the Mayor (yes our Mayor is readily available by telephone Mr. Graves) and asked him if Keven Graves ever asked him or anyone in his administration about the facts concerning this issue and he informed me that he had never spoken to Keven Graves and never received a phone call from him at any time much less before this editorial was published and he knows no one in his administration that was contacted about this issue. 

The Whidbey News Times and it’s editor are doing a grave disservice to our community by obviously being a mouthpiece for a party that had brought suit against our city. In the article he readily quotes the attorney for the claimant but never seeks out the other side of the story from our cities head administrator and the subject of his editorial. His one sided editorials are a disgrace to the concept of fairness and should be all the evidence one needs to see that his editorials are not really editorials but personal attacks on the Mayor based on Mr. Graves obvious personal bias.

Mr. Graves certainly has the right to say anything he wants in his paper but when it is obvious that he uses the editorial process to take sides and editorialize using information from only one side of a story it is doing our city a great disservice. This is why I and many other refuse to read or advertise in the Whidbey News Times.

Mr. Graves, the Mayors phone number is (360) 279-4502 I suggest the next editorial you write you attempt to give the Mayor a call and get his side of the story before penning your so called editorial. If the Mayor will return my phone call, a regular citizen, I am sure he will return your phone call as the editor of all of our local papers.