They praise their own coverage, make fun of our village, and print only one contrary letter.

Syracuse Post-Standard
March 12, 2006

Story on Aurora belonged in Local section

To the Editor:

Our world is filled with terrorist threats, the war in Iraq, a crisis in energy costs, and political turmoil on the home front. Apparently, none of those issues are as important to your editorial staff as the feud between the village of Aurora and Pleasant Rowland, which was our Sunday morning headline story. While this story was interesting, it belonged in the Local section.

Steve Leyden, Clay

Editor's note:It's true, the front page could be filled each day with news of terrorist threats, the war in Iraq, political turmoil and other crises. We believe readers want to keep on top of those subjects, but also are hungry for compelling stories about people in our own communities. It's not always a question of which story is more important; editors look for ways to provide a variety - hard news, trend stories, personality profiles, etc. The Rowland story, reported by Dave Tobin of our Auburn bureau, was fascinating because it fit several of those categories: a newsy tale of an oversized personality in a small village, presented through superior writing, photography and graphics.

Syracuse Post-Standard
March 11, 2006

Saturday's Quiz

...6. The village of Aurora has been divided over Pleasant Rowland, the Wells College alum who spent $40 million to remake local properties to fit her particular vision. Most troubling to the locals was:
a) She donated $15,000 for an ambulance.
b) The price of a chili dog at The Fargo went up 50 cents.
c) She saved 250 jobs by buying the troubled MacKenzie-Childs home furnishings company.
d) The cinnamon buns at MacKenzie-Childs were too sticky.
6) b.

Syracuse Post-Standard
March 10, 2006

Rowland never really intended to be a neighbor to Aurora

To the Editor:

On, Aug. 13, 2005, Sue Edinger, the Aurora Inn manager, told me that Pleasant Rowland doesn't dare walk down the street in Aurora. According to Edinger, she is afraid that someone will talk to her.

Sue Edinger told me this in an effort to minimize my concerns and to placate my anger after she opened a dossier on me and presented a series of trumped up and fabricated accusations regarding my conduct in the Aurora Inn.

Truthfulness aside, these charges were the basis for my being told that I was banned from the Inn.

Edinger's point was that my concern for having been blacklisted was insignificant compared to the plight of poor Pleasant not being "comfortable" walking through Aurora.

Isn't it ironic?

Or is it?

Rowland has spent tens of millions of dollars here, and she dares not or deigns not take a walk on Main Street.

One of the appeals of small town life is that people know you and speak to you when you are out. Pleasant knows that. Anybody knows that.

Here in Aurora, Pleasant is not an intimidating CEO of a large corporation. She is simply a neighbor, albeit one wielding a lot of power here.

Abusing her power, as she has here, changes the type of conversation she might encounter on the street. Pleasant knows that. Anybody knows that.

I don't think she ever intended to really be a neighbor.

Laura Holland, Aurora

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