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Pooper Scooper:

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback.

For the record, we have an open invitation to anyone and everyone associated with the Pender County Commissioners, the County Health Department and/or the Board of Health to sit down and talk with us about these issues anytime, day or night.

In fact, Joe Mauceri was in my office on Friday while talking with Dr. Griffith and invited him more than once to go on camera with us to explain his side of the story. He told us the board had requested him not to talk to the media.

I understand the "appearance" of fairness might not be apparent when one side or another doesn't give their side or version - but we can't "force" anyone to talk about something. And if there's anything we take pride in - it's being fair.

Trust me, we're not covering this story in order to be sensational or to help boost our ratings. There are a lot more stories out there more interesting than internal squabbles within a county health department. We cover it because it's important to the people who live in that county - especially those who need and rely on the health department's services.

I hope this addresses your concerns. Anyone associated with this story can email me directly anytime at spickey@wwaytv3.com.

Thanks again for taking the time to write - and for watching.

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Scott Pickey
News Director
WWAY-TV

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