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The shooting of Randy Cook happened in January, and here it is almost April. As long as we’re grading for transparency, let’s give the Sentinel and local law enforcement an “F” on their transparency about the Randy Cook killing.
Rumor on the street has it that there are a few people who were not exactly enamored of Randy Cook, but even if that’s true, it should have nothing to do with the public’s right to know what happened.
Rumor on the street has it that the shooting occurred at a party of the home of the son of a local “muckety-muck”, attended by the politically connected children of some of the other local “Good Old Boy” muckety-mucks, and at which illegal drugs were present and being consumed. Wouldn’t want word of that to get out to the “wing nut” local-yokel peasantry, now, would we?
Rumor on the street has it that the alleged shooter was about as politically well connected as it is possible to be here in Good Old (aka “Grand”) Junction.
Rumor on the street has it that there was some sort of disagreement concerning one of the local strippers.
Rumor on the street has it that one local law enforcement view of the situation is that it’s a legitimate “make my day” case they can’t get too excited about. Presuming that to be true — so what? The public still has a right to know what happened. “Enquiring minds” want to know! So where is the Good Old Sentinel on this story? Apparently nowhere to be seen.
Now, if I were a betting man, I would bet that someone high on the Good Old Sentinel food chain has most likely instructed their reporters to not touch the story.
If Good Old Junction’s so-called “journal of record” thinks it’s so cutesy, clever and confidence-inspiring to be grading various government entities on their transparency in its editorial column, to fail to grade their own fourth-branch-of-government transparency and that of local law enforcement would seem to amount to the very height of hypocrisy. Wouldn’t you say?
As comedian Dennis Miller likes to say, “But then that’s just my opinion, and, of course, I could be wrong.”



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