In the 7/13 issue, in your lead story about the red light cameras, the reporter repeatedly refers to Mr. Van Der Grinten as “Captain Van”. I think this is very inappropriate, in that it implies the gentleman has a military or public safety background. Since nothing was included in the article to confirm this, I assume it is only a nickname.
By referring to Mr. Van Der Grinten as “Captain Van” the writer falsely conveys to the readers that he is someone of authority and/or significant experience. My interpretation of the article is that your reporter was attempting to tag along on the continuing saga of the Houston red light cameras, whereas I believe most Sugar Land residents are either in favor of or don’t care about the cameras.
Frankly, I suspect the reason he was able to talk to city officials was that our elected officials are always courteous to each citizen, and not because he commanded their attention to such a trivial matter.
If in reality, the gentleman has believable credentials, I extend my apologies.
Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion.
Editor’s Note: Thank you for your feedback. H. F. Van Der Grinton, mentioned as Capt. Van in the story with a reference to the name as an alias, is by occupation the captain of a ship, a sea vessel; and he recently returned from a somewhat long-term private industry, business-related voyage. His occupation has no relevance to the content of the story about red light cameras.