This is written in response to sports editor Mike Howell's extensive rebuttal in last Sunday's Columbia County News-Times sports page. While Howell's comments border on protesting too much, I would have preferred to see something more objective given all the space given to his response.
How about tabulating the athlete spotlight pieces for the past four or five years and see how evenly they are distributed between the various Columbia County schools? Howell totally ignored the Lakeside High School softball team this year despite another second-place, regular-season region finish and the crippling injury to our all-region catcher and cleanup hitter.
Yet we were treated to a weekly story about Greenbrier, even though they were 0-2 at the state finals for the third straight year. Yes, they get there and we don't, but they haven't won any more games in Columbus than we have.
The only time I see Howell covering LHS softball, football or basketball is when were playing Greenbrier or Evans. Does he only attend those schools' athletic events when both teams are from Columbia County? Has he ever received criticism from the other schools that they aren't being covered properly, which would be the ultimate sign of even-handed coverage? "Willing to learn" implies a willingness to accept criticism and possibly a willingness to change, unless there are objective data to refute the criticisms.
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