The following is an unedited e-mail response from Megan McDonald, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events, to yesterday's post, "Are a political power struggle and a sweetheart deal fueling the city's push to privatize the summer music festivals?"
I have always said that the great thing about this country is that everyone is entitled to, and can voice, their opinion freely...even if it is unfounded, inaccurate or just a blatant misrepresentation of the truth. I guess that is what makes the job of a journalist so appealing to some. You can write something and people will read and believe it and it doesn't even have to be true, nor do you have to back up the story with actual research or input from the subject matter. Sounds lovely, were it not for the fact that it can be incredibly hurtful along the way. But you seem to be okay with that part.