Think about it. From now on anytime anyone anywhere Web searches “Astor Street Opry Company,” he or she will discover the inexcusably unjust headline (“Astor Street Opry volunteer receives 10 years,” The Daily Astorian, April 18) and the reporter’s irresponsible lead-in statement. The implications are despicable, and inexcusable. And the consequences for ASOC will be difficult to overcome.

Certainly you are aware that there is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing whatsoever occurring within the realm of ASOC activities. The fact that Michael Wangen had volunteered for the theater had nothing at all to do with the case. Why drag down the innocent? If he had volunteered for The Daily Astorian, would you have taken that angle in the story and printed and posted such a headline?

Please. I thought you were in the business of being fair.

We have a good, strong community here, due in no small part to the existence of ASOC. For more than 29 years the Astor Street Opry Company and its hundreds of volunteers have provided a safe and joyful place for people of all ages to gather and learn how to work together for the common purpose of putting on a show.

Nowhere else have I seen a community theater on such a minimal budget, with such enduring energy and determination. ASOC builds community, creates theater. Let it thrive.




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