First, read this, from the News-Leader, where an astute commentator noted:
"Near as I can tell, there is no News-Leader "position" in this editorial. I think it might be a story. Or a re-hashing of a story."
Heh, see: JackeHammer: The Stage is Set for Springfield-Greene County Parks to Take Over the Skatepark.
Now, from: Life Of Jason, Pythian Castle & Skatepark Update, posted December 29, 2007, apparently, this statement, made by Springfield's Public Information Office around that time, according to Jason, must have been written before it was decided that all parties would be bound by confidentiality agreements prohibiting them from discussing the negotiating mitigation, Jason wrote:
"The response from the public information office was “You are correct, there is another side to this story. However, while the Springfield Skatepark Association has attempted to try this case in the media, we felt it was not appropriate to air all issues surrounding this matter in an attempt to keep lines of communication open between the parties. We have another round of mediation scheduled for January 8* and we are hopeful this matter can still settle. We want to work with these guys if at all possible. But we don’t feel its appropriate to air any details on the matter until we make this further attempt at mediation. After the January 8 meeting we should be in a position to discuss it more fully.”"*
Sure, thanks for all the detailed information on the negotiating mitigation. The public owes you one.
*emphasis mine, and note: The source of the above quote was http://www.lifeofjason.com/, Jason has given permission to:
"...use information from any posting ONLY if a link to this blog site is provided and printed identification of the location of the information provided or the full web address of the site, www.lifeofjason.com, is mentioned as the source of the information."