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Coverage of tempest in coffeepot cruel

May 23, 2013
The Leader Herald

This Peter Betz tempest in a coffeepot would be very amusing if the tabloid coverage were not so cruel and out of all proportion to the scope of the incident.

This whole fiasco reminds me of one of our favorite Christmas films, "It's a Wonderful Life," where our lanky hero, George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart), confronts some major challenges before all ends well for George and his family in the final reel. As you may recall, George spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls before fate intervened. Let's hope Peter's life will follow a similar positive story line.

In the meanwhile, before the final credits roll, let's review the highlights:

A commercial Keurig brewing system valued at $125 went missing from the grand jury room in the basement of the Fulton County Office Building.

A month-long investigation ensued to track down the elusive coffee maker, but at what cost to the taxpayers?

Peter Betz reportedly managed to make some history of his own by returning the original coffee maker following an earlier substitution.

A special prosecutor was appointed, since District Attorney Louise Sira was the complaintant, who was concerned that the taxpayers' investment be protected.

Surely, there must be more to the story than this; after all, there was a month-long investigation.

However, by any reasonable measure, far more effort and cost was expended than the episode warranted. Furthermore, the entire Keurig-caper causes me to wonder if the cost of the single-serve coffee brewer and those wonderful single-serve coffee capsules was cost-justified in the first place, since the most cost-effective and expedient solution to the need for a morning caffeine fix would likely be an inexpensive generic coffeepot and bulk coffee.

I can't tell you how much it warms my heart to see the pushback to the local tabloid coverage of this non-newsworthy event.

THOMAS W. SUYDAM

Johnstown

 
 

 

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