Letter: Poor Choice of Words
To the Editor:
I am writing regarding a column by Jim Kenyon in the Sunday Valley News Feb. 2, titled “A Taxing Dilemma.” The gist of this article was correct — it was about the debate now taking place in my home town of Strafford over the payment and collection of delinquent taxes. However, Mr. Kenyon’s tone toward our collector of deliquent taxes was anything but correct. Not once, but twice, he referred to her as a “bounty hunter.” To me these words depict a person who wholeheartedly and uncaringly goes after people to make them pay what they owe.
In Strafford, our tax collector could not be more different. She has been a friend of mine for nearly 40 years and is one of the kindest women I know. She has worked unstintingly for our town for 25 years and has carried out her duties — often difficult and unpleasant — with grace, diplomacy, integrity and a great deal of compassion for the neediest of our residents. She is an elected town official, and her method of payment is set by state statute.
I think Jim Kenyon’s use of the words “bounty hunter” is hurtful, inappropriate and spurious. In my opinion, this adds up to very poor journalism.