Hi, Mrs. Austin-MacKenzie:
Thanks for your comment, and for reading our story. To get further questions answered about how the trust operates, I’d suggest contacting the organization directly at 447-9300 or rmclt.org.
Jo, I was there during that conversation. It was awkward because you were asking us to reach out to others and vouch for you, when we had never met you before. Convincing people to talk about their (at-that-time illegal) drug use with a stranger from a drug-and-alcohol testing company didn't seem like the wisest idea. Sorry it didn't work out as you had hoped.
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As mentioned in my email to you earlier today, I removed your comment because it constituted a personal attack, which is against our comments policy. (You can read that policy here: http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/User…)
Curious, here are two people from our "Misfire" story, talking about why an impartial analysis is important:
Darrell Schulte, fire behavior and planning instructor: "I would think that an 'outside' opinion of the way the fire was handled would be valuable to the entities, because it would most likely be less biased by internal politics, etc."
Gordon Routley, a former fire chief and consultant who's investigated high-profile fatal fires: In an internal review, "Everybody is looking to cover their ass."
As I wrote in response to another commenter yesterday, the city thus far — as evidenced in its Initial After Action Report, and in its refusal to answer questions — has done little to indicate that its own analysis is going to be thorough. Compare its IAAR assessment of "public safety response" and "planning" — both termed "major strengths" — to the reports from the firefighters on the ground, and you see some pretty striking disharmony.
As for mistrust in government, newspapers exist in large part to ensure that governmental leaders act honestly, and are answerable to their constituents. No matter who they are, leaders are always going to be scrutinized if journalists are doing their jobs.
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