Article condemned Cyprus owner in public

Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that a good investigative report should have some facts. The recent story on Alison Dance and the Cyprus Cafe lacks those (Herald, June 15). Yes, the Herald checked all the boxes of folks to talk with, but what were the results? A Department of Labor spokesman confirmed there’d been a complaint but offered no comment. Chief executive with the Colorado Restaurant Association said, “There’s a lot of confusion because state, local and federal laws conflict.” As for former employee David McClelland, did he quit because he wasn’t paid properly, or did he get sacked because he was smoking too much dope or stealing food from his employer? We don’t know, as the Herald didn’t probe to find out. The other “anonymous” employees wouldn’t give their names because they’re afraid of not working again in Durango. Well, if Dance’s actions are so unusual in the industry, what have those employees to be afraid of? Telling the truth about that one place? Or exposing a common restaurant practice? The story is full of allegations but lacks actual facts. Instead, the Herald condemned Alison Dance in the court of public opinion. Nice.

Anne Markward


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