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FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2006, 9:06 A.M.

Laird/ NIAC: Haugen’s Firing Poor Form for KVNI/KXLY

When I read Dave Oliveria's blog this evening regarding the callous manner in which KXLY/KVNI fired longtime news director Dick Haugen I was caught totally off-balance, and terribly angry.

In Spokane we often take great pride in our sense of "community", and while we occasionally ascend to incredibly-moving heights at caring for one another, there are also times when we descend into unimaginably stygian depths of moral depravity.

In this holiday season, we traditionally show our love by giving to one another, of ourselves, our lives, each according to our abilities. For some, undeniably this Christmas will be a time of sorrow, due to personal losses. My heart goes out to those who suffer so, for Christmas can be heartrending as well as joyful. Having a strong sense of community helps those who are on anguished pathways at Christmas.

The supposed community at KXLY/KVNI determined, for whatever reason, that two days after Dick buried his father, to fire him. Of all the callous, mean-spirited and just plain ugly things I've ever heard about this Christmas Season, this takes the cake!

Sometimes we tend to ignore the gaffes and pratfalls of our local news media outlets. This miscarriage of common decency, however, will not pass unnoticed on my watch. It is just plain mean. Good people in MY community do not treat anyone in such a brutal manner.

Not to mention KXLY censors their so-called blog to prevent public outrage at their actions. Shame, shame.

David Laird/News Is A Conversation

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.