Poll: Should Patch Have Named a Politician In This Story?

If you wrote the story, what would you have done differently?

It's not every day you hear constructive criticism about a published post on Portsmouth Patch, but I like to think it makes for a better site overall and source of information for you, the readers. 

Portsmouth Patch is about community and that means involvement. When the community speaks out about a certain article, we listen. 

On Friday, I heard from several of you - through e-mail, comments and in person - about the article concerning . 

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that William J. and Marielle T. Reilly of Florida, formerly of Portsmouth, must pay back unpaid taxes totaling $1.3 million, according to The Providence Journal. 

Portsmouth Patch readers commented that Rep. Dan Reilly has nothing to do with the court case and, therefore, shouldn't have been in the article. 

: Patch should spend more time on the story so reader can understand why they dispute the Tax Claim. Dan Reilly has nothing to do with this story. More facts, less got you cheap shots.

We want to know what more readers think. Should politicians be named in stories involving relatives? If you wrote this story, what would you do? Would you do anything differently? 

Tell us your thoughts in the poll and comment section below. 

Jack Baillargeron July 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Part 2 Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact. And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark. He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."
East side July 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Seems like Patch is in CYA mode...the obvious question should be - does Patch even matter in a community and if it does what are the benefits? Here is a website that needs to gain readership, so here is a story that can be spun. If his mom is good looking it would be in better respect to put a pic of her on the front of Patch to grab readers - read this months SOCO so see why they put hotties on the cover of their magazine often.
Lee July 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Well said Jack. To bad they don't teach that at Portsmouth High, it doesn't fit the marxest template.
TD July 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Regarding the Poll, I voted YES. I dont believe any evidence was given to indicate that the son was involved with the parents' allegedly criminal acts, so although I'm glad to know the name of the politician, I dont find him culpable.
Bear401 August 07, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Was it mentioned in the article that Rep Reilly has nothing to do with the court issue other than the fact that they are his parents? If not it certainly should have been otherwise you are leaving the door open for misinterpretation/skepticism & off the wall theories from people who have some level of difficulty comprehending what they read.


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