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'Loaded' questions in advance news story

'Loaded' questions in advance news story

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I read today's Pantagraph article disguised as a part of the informational series culminating with the opening of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum this weekend (“A good neighbor,” Page A1, March 28).

What I see is a newspaper that is concerned with only selling newspapers. The Pantagraph continues to stir the pot over this controversial building just days before it's opening.

You can almost hear the “loaded” questions reporters asked the older citizens they interviewed, like “Aren't you worried about the litter?” or “Aren't you worried about the traffic?” because it just so happened to be in everyone's responses as a concern.

How about the raucous crowds coming out of the Stars on Ice or Ringling Brothers circus? They will probably flip over a car, don't you think?

What a shock it was to read that an older person living downtown and possibly on a fixed income say they're against the coliseum, or they don't plan on attending any events. I can't believe The Pantagraph hasn't polled the residents of Lincoln Towers and published the results on their feelings about the Coliseum. That wouldn't be too skewed would it!

How about a business owner in the article getting free publicity for his business, which is next to the coliseum. He is ready to jump on the bandwagon of success all the way to the bank, but also can't wait to point a finger at someone if there is even a hint of problems. Why wasn't he asked about what his plans were to bring up to 8,000 people downtown on any given night?

Remember these types of articles because The Pantagraph is in a win-win situation with issues like this. Whether you are against it or not, they can always stir things up to do of course what is most important - sell newspapers.

Eric Lapan

Bloomington

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