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The letter to editor written by councilor Matthew Thomas on July 17th is, to put it frankly, libelous to four women—Terry Weiss, Marion Dark, the budget committee woman, and me. I spoke with the woman from the budget committee the story was about, and she tells me that Matthew Thomas was not present the whole time when Chris Workman had spoken with her that evening. Also, even while he was there he admits that he was not focused on the conversation between Workman and the woman if he’s talking to her husband on the sideline there.

However the woman’s teenage daughter was there and did witness what happened and can substantiate the fact that Chris Workman did say, and do, what the woman, Terry Weiss, and Marion Dark have all said. The woman testified on June 24th at the city meeting that her daughter had been traumatized during the event, too. She also said that she wrote a letter to Mayor Niemann about the event. So when Matthew Thomas says "That didn't happen" he was effectively calling Terry Weiss and the rest of us liars. Also, he wasn't even at the June 10th city meeting, yet he is making comments about it as if he were.

I wrote my last letter to the editor out of concern for how people were being treated in our town by our city hall, in support of ex-councilor Terry Weiss, and for the people who live here in Philomath. I also wrote it to call attention to Councilor Thomas’ voting history and comments praising the staff. I guess I wanted to set the record straight since I may have helped people vote for him last November. Sorry about that. 

Ann Buell

Philomath (Aug. 3)

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