To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to the article The Laconia Sun published on May 17th about sex crime allegations against Robert Woodbury. I think the article was written in poor taste, is lopsided in it's reporting of the facts and is a shameful piece of supposed "objective" journalism.
Let us remember, he has not been convicted of a crime. He is INNOCENT until proven guilty. That presumption of innocence is one of the core values of our country and our innate sense of justice. If we convict people in our newspapers and our minds before they stand trial in a court of law, then we are destroying the very system that is in place to protect us from trumped up, slanderous charges.
To objectively round out what should have been said, Robert Woodbury is a good citizen, he served his country in the USMC and has helped countless people in the community, he is always willing to help a neighbor in need. Cindy's daycare was absolutely wonderful and only closed because she is very ill with diabetes complications and can no longer take care of children.
The losses they have suffered as a result of this newspaper running such a one sided, condemning article is tragic and unacceptable.
As American citizens, we need to uphold the freedoms we hold so dear in our hearts and in our communities or we will see these freedoms eroded and lost.
And, the fourth establishment, the media has an obligation to serve the citizens objectively. You have a heavy responsibility to make sure you do not ruin reputations with the stroke of a pen. In this particular case, I think The Laconia Sun has failed in their duty to be objective and unbiased. Are you a respectable newspaper or a smut rag just looking for sensationalist tricks? I had always thought the former. Perhaps I was wrong.
(Editor's note: The article in question was the reporting of an indictment handed down by a Belknap County Grand Jury. Ms. Willoughby is correct, Mr. Woodbury has not been convicted of anything and will have his day in court.)