To the Editor:

Regarding your article on the fuel bid (“County rejects fuel contract bids, rewrites rules“, August 12), I find that the clear inference to my character, or lack of, is completely unfounded. Although you have made it clear to me that you had no intention of questioning my integrity, it is obvious that your readers came away with a different impression. I believe that to be irresponsible on your part.

Russell H. Smith

County Manager

Dukes County

Editor’s Note: What I made clear to Mr. Smith is that the news story did not attack his “character,” period. The news story did not set out to reflect unfavorably upon his character nor, in the event, did it do so.