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The Measure M 'Conspiracy'

January 06, 1991

On Jan. 2, The Times editorial page contained an editorial opposing a citizens' coalition challenge to Measure M headlined "Conspiracy to Kill 'M.' "

A conspiracy, according to Webster, is "to work together secretly, as to commit a crime." It is indeed curious that The Times would use such an injudicious title to describe a legal action by a group of longtime volunteers in county affairs, particularly since the legal points were raised last August, and copies of all letters notifying the Orange County Transportation Commission were provided to The Times on the same day of public release.

The article goes on to describe the legal actions by ordinary citizens as "reprehensible."

This article was presumably written by the same staff that often refers to the dealings between the Board of Supervisors and developers as "cozy." Webster's definition of cozy is "warm and comfortable."

Semantics? To be sure, but it tells a whale of a lot about The Times' bias when it comes to editorials and news articles relating to growth and transportation problems in Orange County, and it signals that this one-dimensional approach has now been lowered to include personal attack and vilification.

THOMAS ROGERS, Chairman, Citizens Against Unfair Taxation

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