An apology

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 19:00

In our March 28 edition, the Star ran a column that painted an unfavorable picture of a local restaurant’s vegetarian eating options (“No Meat, No Problem,” Page 13).

This freelance column was the opinion of the columnist alone and does not reflect the views of the Star’s editorial staff or our parent company, Morris Communications. A disclaimer saying as much should have been posted with the column, but it was not.

This was a serious journalistic mistake because it gave the appearance that the piece was being presented as a news article, when in fact it was simply the author’s opinion. For this mistake, I would like to personally apologize to the staff and owners at the Bear Mountain Grill for any damage this may have caused to the restaurant’s reputation. The oversight was mine alone, and I should have been more diligent in making clear that the paper did not endorse nor share the columnist’s views.

Although the Star respects the opinions of our columnists and contributors, we do not always share their thoughts and beliefs. That’s why disclaimers are so important and why this was such a serious mistake for which I am very sorry.

I’m no vegetarian myself. However, a quick look at the restaurant’s Facebook page shows you can get a hearty veggie sandwich with a side of potato salad that should satisfy even the pickiest veggie’s appetite for a delicious homemade meal.

And for what it’s worth (one man’s opinion), I’ve always enjoyed both the food and service at the friendly, family-run restaurant in downtown Eagle River. Their “Grizzly Bear” breakfast is a particularly filling favorite. Along with three eggs, home fries and toast (or pancakes) it includes both biscuits and gravy and a healthy portion of bacon or sausage. It’s enough to fill the hungriest newspaper editor’s belly — even if he’s already been feasting on a little crow.


— Matt Tunseth, Editor

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