It's good to know that high school newspaper stories such as my piece on County Executive Douglas M. Duncan are being recognized by major media outlets such as The Washington Post [Montgomery Notebook, Extra, Nov. 17]. That said, I was disappointed with your reporter's insinuation that, as a student of Montgomery County public schools, I should be so grateful to Duncan that I ought to wholeheartedly endorse his gubernatorial campaign.
I would mainly like to respond to the Duncan campaign's charge that my piece was ghostwritten by the Martin O'Malley campaign. Flattering as it is that Jody Couser, a Duncan campaign spokeswoman, would think that a high school journalist would be subjected to pressure from a gubernatorial campaign, the O'Malley camp had no idea I was writing a piece on Duncan and never supplied me with information.
Finally, I would have been delighted to have represented the Duncan team's views regarding my concerns about their candidate's indebtedness to developers. In fact, I communicated with a member of the Duncan campaign via telephone and e-mail for three weeks and never received answers to what I continue to see as substantial questions about his record. I hope that in the future, The Post will consider contacting Silver Chips writers before publishing stories that mention them.
Thanks for reading Silver Chips!