As a longtime resident in this valley & as a person that has participated in the local journalism community I find it un-acceptable that a contributor to your publication & the local paper has been found to be blatantly plagiarizing others work & his response & the publications response is to allow him to hide behind his veteran status as a means to excuse what in journalism & academic circles is the highest form of ethics violation.
Furthermore the response from William Reynolds, the violator in question has been to insult & threaten those that question his journalistic integrity. Social media is always a black hole of intention but when you call folks idiots or mentally sick & so on & so on I would think that the publication he contributes to would re-evaluate his ability to contribute. Plus the intention is very clear, he does not care that he has stolen others work & plans to continue to do it.
I think that this publication & our local paper should take a hard look at Mr. Reynolds work & decide if their reputations as information providers for our community is worth using stolen work from an in-apologetic contributor. Veterans are to be thanked & respected, when one uses that label they should be carrying themselves with dignity & pride. Mr. Reynolds is tainting his service by stealing work & using stolen work to honor our dead & living heroes.
I (for) one, will not be reading this publication nor the paper until this issue is addressed officially.
Thank You. Your Loyal Reader,