As with all things, sometimes rumors will outweigh the reality of a situation. Earlier today, I received a tip that the Cecil County Office of Economic Development had threatened to pull financial support from the Chamber of Commerce over the now-contentious matter of the upcoming Company of the Year Award. I have learned that, after the recent meeting, it was reaffirmed that Chesapeake Publishing and the Cecil Whig will indeed be recognized with this award. Being naturally curious, I sought comment from Vernon Thompson, the Economic Director of the Office of Economic Development in Cecil County. Mr. Thompson was gracious enough to reply. Here’s what he said:
“The information you have been provided is incorrect. The office of economic development is a close partner with the chamber and the Whig. The decision of the Chamber regarding the “Company of the Year” was theirs to make. It was based in part on the ability of the Whig to recalibrate successfully in a difficult market for print media. We support the Chamber selection.”
Thank you, sir, for the clarification. Whether or not we agree or disagree with a decision, it’s very easy for unsubstantiated rumors to be confused with facts. In my experience, people do many things that deserve criticism, but we should be cautious to not demonize someone unfairly or based on false or half-truths. More on this story later.