I was rather surprised by your recent article "Bottled in Bond” [Dec. 22 Xpress]. This "reporter" is a joke and has written a completely biased, libelous and one-sided smear piece to further [his] friend’s obvious vendetta. The Mountain Xpress should be ashamed of publishing such tabloid yellow journalism.
I have it on good authority (my friend works at Buchi at $14 per hour) that [the Buchi employee] only worked for 23 days as a temp contractor — yet, as your piece states, she [attempted] to claim unemployment. LOL! Does the insanity of this escape you? The lack of the full story is quite telling, and even my attempts to make comments [online] about such have been censored.
So this [employee] couldn’t make it from temp contractor to hired employee — big deal. In my opinion, looking at this mess, it’s not hard to imagine why Buchi decided not to hire her on permanently.
Does your organization have some vendetta against Just Economics, Buchi and Herb Mountain Farms?
I would expect that any decent publication [would publish] some corrections in the next issue. At minimum, Xpress should have investigated the claims for validity and told more than one side of the story.
Shameful behavior from a publication I was actually quite fond of and have often been a part of advertising in. By attacking Just Economics, Xpress attacks over 200 local businesses that are in the program. I would wager many of them advertise in your publication. Is [the decision to publish the story] smart, given this issue is entirely fabricated for someone’s vendetta? Couldn't you have at minimum given Just Economics a voice in this debate?
— Josh Yazell
Editor’s response: No personal vendetta (or connection between any of the parties involved and Xpress) exists. We investigated and documented all the claims presented to us, and both Buchi and Just Economics responded and were quoted in the article. Some alleged facts were omitted because they couldn’t be confirmed, and Buchi followed up with a letter to the editor. As for online comments, those that violate our policy — such as making ad hominem attacks or potentially libelous remarks — aren’t allowed.