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Call will strengthen letter verification policies


May 25, 2005 - To the editor:

I was deeply disturbed to hear that a letter to the editor was published naming me as the author.

The policy of the Call states that a verbal consent is required to publish any submissions. I was never called nor was the number listed in the letter. Perhaps the Call should record the response to substantiate that verbal consent has been received.

At one time I was living in the Mehlville Fire Protection District, but I have been a full-time Florida resident since January.

While a MFPD resident I had no complaints in how the district was handled.

However, I find it unconscionable that someone has used my name as author of a published piece without my consent. I sincerely hope that the person who has done this will have the decency to apologize.

I would like to believe that the person in-volved is not associated with the MFPD as this is no way to advance their cause.

Jeanette Wirz

University Park, Fla.

Editor's note: We apologize to Mrs. Wirz and also hope that the person who used her name without her permission would apologize. The Call also will strengthen its letter verification polices and will take as many precautions as it deems necessary to determine the authenticity of future letter writers. Any letter without a full name, signature, full address or telephone number will not be considered for publication. Letters e-mailed to the Call must contain the same information or they will not be considered for publication. In addition, any letter not marked "exclusively for the Call'' will be rejected.

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