Apology for editing error | Editorial

Try as we might, mistakes do happen, and a rather large one occurred in last week’s editorial “Mullis Center treated unfairly.”

I wrote about a topic that has caused contention in our island community: The Mullis Center and the Pledge of Allegiance.

At the bottom of the printed version editorial remained a few notes that were intended to be removed prior to publication. I take full responsibility and apologize for writing and printing the additional text, which could be offensive to some readers.

When writing about a topic that elicits such strong emotions, it is common for editorials to go through several iterations before a final one is presented to readers. With last week’s opinion piece, I wrote impassionately and then edited to reign in my thoughts to something more fair and balanced. However, due to an editing mistake, some of those more unfiltered thoughts made it into print.

I respect our active military and veterans immensely, and in no way should my opinions on the Pledge of Allegiance being said at a senior lunch to be indicative of my feelings toward veterans.

So, dear readers, I hope that you can accept my apology for running an unedited and unfiltered opinion, and we can move forward with open, honest and productive discussions within the pages of the Journal of the San Juans.