Fact: The group's assertion is complete fiction. The Consolidated Government Committee never issued a press release on the Haworth decision to close their Douglas plant or ever "... claim that Haworth Corporation is closing it's (sic) Douglas plant because the two cities are not consolidated." Once again, the irresponsible rumor-creators have chosen to make something up, and then try and pin it on the folks supporting consolidation. The CGC believes the consolidation discussion in our community is too important to deal in unsavory, made-up smears, and outright lies. Those who deal in such disrespectful tactics should be ashamed of themselves.
- Update, January 17, 2013: The above article (green text) has been removed from the opposing group's website without explanation or apology.
- Second update, January 28, 2013: This "minor correction" appears on the opposing group's "new website."
The letter to the editor referenced, however, did not in fact "essentially claim the Haworth plant was closing due to a lack of consolidation." What was stated was that Haworth and others faced the challenge of a "lack of a unified economic-development team in our community...." which is a factual statement. No cause-and-effect was posited. Here is the full text of the letter to the editor: