I was disappointed that the coverage of the Sept. 30 debate between the two mayoral candidates did not mention what I and many other people who attended (based on the reactions I witnessed) considered a major point of difference between the two candidates. When asked if they supported "living wage", Alderman Weidner responded that it meant different things to different people, and she did not support it because it would cause people to lose their incentive to work harder.
Representative Mason responded that he not only supported it but voted for it on every possible occasion in the Assembly. He remarked that there is no way to rebuild the middle class without paying a living wage to workers to help them get there. The response from the audience was dead silence after Weidner spoke, and loud and prolonged applause following Mason's remarks.
I thought this would have rated a mention in the article which claimed they mostly agreed. I heard very little agreement.
While I realize you are not responsible for the quality of the advertising in your paper, I was also concerned that one day after hearing Rep. Mason reiterate publicly that he opposes the arena, Weidner's ad in The Journal Times said just the opposite and that she alone opposed it. Where is "Fact Checker" when we need it?