I finally watched the clip and found it highly interesting that the person they interviewed who “was not as forgiving” (to quote the newscaster) was a guy who owned one of the bars in town. He probably had more business in his place that day than he could shake a stick at, so to follow gageplate or jimbo’s logic he should be more than willing to pay to replace it, right?
However, I’m still not going to let the haters get me down; life is too short for that. My $10.00 donation has been sent.
I also sent an email to James Swierzbin (the WOI announcer who did the voiceover/had the byline on the article TJ linked us to) reminding him that the information did not hit the RAGBRAI website until the 15th and this thread did not get started until the 18th — the same day he filed his report — so of course only $5.00 had been received up to that point. It takes time for the USPS to deliver the mail, after all, and I suggested that he might possibly wait a week or ten days then perhaps revisit the story and update the donation levels.
A similar note was included with the check I sent to the town administrator. I’ll let you know if I get any response from either party.