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Feedback: Wrong priority on front page

I was simply delighted to see the beautiful color picture of that magnificent horse on its 35th birthday. Too bad you couldn’t have given some of that room to the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life held last Friday and Saturday.

While I’m sure the horse and its owner are proud of the article, there was 9 months of work by a large committee, 40 teams of 8-plus members working weekends and nights to prepare, set up, and pull off this huge event. What did we get? Two black and white pictures and two lines of writing in the who cares section. And our photographers took the pictures! Someone on your staff must have seen all the tents or heard the music played by 7 live bands throughout the event. And of course, no one wants to hear about the Nashville recording star that came specifically to help raise money and entertain the walkers in this event. His name is Kenny Hess. He was excellent.

The total amount of money raised at this point has exceeded $117,000. Our goal was $105,000. We were the only group out of five local area Relays that met our goal. But no one in this community needs to know about that. Our animals are much more important. Kind of like baby otters. Cute. And I mean no disrespect to the owner of the horse. They are fine animals. I guess I must have different priorities for local news. The official web site for the Oak Harbor Relay For Life is www.oh-cancer.org. We keep people informed.

Skip Johnson

Oak Harbor

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