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To: WAMC Northeast Pirate Network -
I admire what you are doing, but when someone publishes a letter accusing someone of sexual harassment, or anything else for that matter, their name should accompany the allegation. 

I once wrote a letter to an auto racing paper praising a driver and had to include my name and phone
number -- an auto racing publication and not a smear letter.  I think you lose credibility by not naming the accuser.  Thanks for your time. 

Kent Putnam <roxborough@usadatanet.net>
Grafton, New York
Wednesday, 21 February 2001

Chair's Reply:
WAMC Pirates protect letter writers --
And for good reason!

Dear Mr. Putnam:
Thank you for your letter. Your point is well taken. In order though, to provide a forum for truly honest and open dialogue on matters of substance without fear of retribution or retaliation, it is the policy of WAMC Northeast Pirate Network to honor requests for anonymity by persons submitting E-mails for publication. 

Concerning the letter about sexual harassment at WAMC, prior to its publication, the letter writer made explicitly plain what appears to be valid concerns about retribution and retaliation from the politically well-connected Mr. Chartock, who is the subject of the writer's complaint. The writer insisted that identity must be protected from disclosure out of those concerns. The WAMC Pirates rightfully honored the writer's request. 

Incidentally, it is not uncommon for newspapers of general circulation to withhold the name on a published letter-to-the-editor upon request of the writer.

Sincerely yours,

G. M. Heller, Executive Pirate Director
WAMC Northeast Pirate Radio
Wednesday, 21 February 2001

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