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What you said about what we said last week
While perusing the reader response to last week’s cover story about Kathy Henderson and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission on which she sits, it became apparent that before we share with you our favorites and top hate-reads from the comments section, we need to clarify our legal position with regards to those comments on our site. As you might imagine, they do not represent the views of this paper or its employees or advertisers. We do not verify claims made in the comments section, and we don’t remove ad-hominem attacks made on public officials, including Commissioner Henderson. So when the readers weighed in to wish ill against Henderson—removal from office, jail, death by streetcar, institutionalization, constipation, “find another way to serve the community”—we can only report back to our readers what the crowd was saying.
Perhaps one of our favorite conspiracy theories to explain the behavior of this ANC would be Horacio’s, who posited that perhaps Henderson has been watching too much soapy television: “Power, Scandal, Being Mary Jane and The Empire; I guarantee her DVR watchlist is full of this garbage T.V., which highlights ruthlessness, rewards scandalous behavior and encourages unsavory, manipulative and traitorous spirits!” Carver Resident informed us that apparently someone has taken to hand-delivering our papers to ANC 5D residents. “I live smack in the middle of Kathy Henderson’s ANC area and interestingly enough, someone came by on Sunday and placed copies of this edition of The City Paper on all of our front stoops” Thanks for reading, whether you intended to or not!
And to those readers who claimed that our focus on Henderson was driven by a racist bias against her: Had we found evidence suggesting problems by other commissioners on 5D, that would have made it into the article.
We did not.