To the Editor:

            In a November 21 Wanderer story about Tabor Academy’s petition to the ZBA for field lights, the reporter quoted me saying something negative about Tabor headmaster John Quirk. I never made those comments.  I never would make those comments.  They were made by another attendee sitting next to me.

            The reporter was sitting a row ahead of me at the meeting and never turned around to see who had spoken and never asked me about the comments.  

            Wanderer Editor Paul Lopes has acknowledged the reporter’s mistake and promised it will be corrected (the offensive comment has been removed from the online story), but I worry that isn’t enough. In my short time in Marion, I have worked to contribute to our community, including serving on the ZBA from 2015 until earlier this year.  I strive to be thorough, impartial, informed and, above all else, respectful.

            The comment incorrectly attributed to me was none of these.

Kate Mahoney, Marion

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