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on Nov 20, 2012
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I am very concerned about the way this is reported. If Cindy's Flower's and Gifts is innocent of the things you have reported---you should be sued for defamation of character. It's hard enough to make a living in this age of over-regulation and high business taxes, etc. without our local paper trying to jump to conclusions that may or may not be valid. I especially can't believe you would report someone's private residence address. Do you hate small business that much? Sure wish you would report the public sector and union activities in the same manner!
I hope the authorities have the right place of business because its hard to believe that a flower shop like Cindy's flowers would be engage in some kind of illegal activity. They have been here for ages and I don't think they would jeopardize their customers or community they work in and pay hard earned tax dollars.
I am heartened to see that local residence care about their small, local businesses. I also know Cindy, casually, and would never suspect that she would, knowingly, do anything morally or legally wrong. She has always been a hard working, kind person. If she is or is not, in some trouble, I can only try to put myself, in her shoes, and hope that my on-going business would be a source for the funds to aide me in rectifying the situation! Therefore, I agree with the comments made, that reporting her name and the business name, serves no useful purpose, certain does damage her ability to work her way out of the problem. Two things, I think worth asking are 1)why was the "co-defendant" not named, if 'full disclosure' was the intent? 2) If the public is not in danger, and she has only been served, or arrested or charged, whatever...why smear her name and damage her business? Couldn't you at least wait to see if she is convicted? It feels a little like public "flogging".
Wow! I need an editor, don't I? I meant local residents.
Marcy and others:
It's called reporting the NEWS. You know, stuff that happens in our community. Free speach. Pesky first amendment don't you know.
I am not surprised to hear this news about Cindy Smith. I agree with the authorities and believe this story is 100% true.