OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! Rowan Free Press Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney Todd Paris Applies for a Reporter’s Job at the Salisbury Post

Posted on January 31, 2017

Todd Paris, RFP Writer and Salisbury Attorney

♦ Elizabeth Cook
Editor, Salisbury Post
131 West Innes Street
Salisbury NC 28144

Dear Ms. Cook:

I note there is an advertisement for a newspaper reporter to “dig into city government and the local business scene” here in Salisbury, North Carolina in “journalismjobs.com.” I hereby submit my resume. My body of work is well known.

I realize we have had our differences, including, but not limited to, my recent email to Boone Newspapers suggesting that you should be “mutually terminated” for the good of the “Post” as an institution and the community as a whole, however placing me in this position makes good sense for the “Salisbury Post.”

While the “Post,” ever mindful of its larger advertisers and car sales, has been loathe to actually “dig into city government”.  I along with RFP editor Steve Mensing have waged a never-ending battle to ring forth the unvarnished truth about this “city of make-believe” and expose the grimy underbelly of local government and politics. A recent article concerning a shootout at Mayor Alexander’s building received over four thousand Face Book shares during the same 24 hour span when the RFP’s statistics showed a record 43K plus viewers landing on it’s esteemed pages.

Many locals, due to the “Post Online’s” plethora of pop-up ads and surveys, tell us they have abandoned your on-line site and now go to Rowan Free Press for local news. Continuous staff reductions and pressures upon surviving writers to produce more content with less staff has become painfully apparent.

While the search for “truth, justice, and the American way” through true investigative journalism may seem old fashioned and that economic pressures to turn a profit with less and less staff seems to be new fashion, I have decided to toss my hat in the ring as long as your owners know that I will not be edited to the point of placing economic concerns ahead of writing the truth and what’s real.

Please note that I can only accept this position part-time as it is far too lucrative to being a criminal defense attorney in Salisbury, North Carolina while “feeding from the carcass” of a poorly led and dying city. My resume is attached.

Awaiting your response with much anticipation, I am,

Douglas Todd Paris, Sr.

Opportunity Knocks at the Salisbury Post:

Douglas Todd Paris, Sr. dtp_paris@yahoo.com Page One

Self-employed – Attorney 2004 to 2015
Over thirty years practice as a NC Attorney in Cabarrus and Rowan
County, NC

Founder and President of La Resistance PAC and Super PAC
“Changed the face of Rowan County Politics” (not necessarily for the better)
2013 to 2014 (Formerly author of many articles and letters to the editor in the Salisbury Post)

Founder of Rowan Rural Save of Schools PAC – 2016
Prevented budget-busting county-wide busing plan in Rowan County, NC

Writer and photographer for Rowan Free Press
Widely acclaimed nationally recognized Word Press online media
and alternative media source concerning Salisbury-Rowan News

Body of Work

Fibrant’s Most Dangerous Secret https://rowanfreepress.com/2015/10/28/video-todd-tv-fibrants-dangerous-secret/

Fibrant’s Magic Math https://rowanfreepress.com/2015/10/26/video-todd-tv-fibrant-magic-math/

What keeps Fibrant afloat https://rowanfreepress.com/2015/10/29/video-todd-tv-salisbury-rowan-utilities-some-more-hidden-truths-about-what-keeps-fibrant-afloat/

Salisbury’s CAFR – Violation of State Law https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/23/salisburys-comprehensive-annual-financial-report-is-out-the-independent-auditor-says-that-due-to-fibrant-the-city-is-in-violation-of-n-c-law/

Crime Scene Reporting https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/22/daylight-photos-of-the-aftermath-of-sunday-mornings-downtown-salisbury-gun-battle-on-e-council-street/

Over 4K FB shares and 30K plus views on Crime Report (new record for RFP) https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/22/salisbury-downtown-salisbury-a-war-zone-sunday-morning-as-bullets-fly-on-e-council-st-two-men-transported-to-hospital-with-gunshot-wounds/

Douglas Todd Paris, Sr. dtp_paris@yahoo.com Page Two

More crime reporting https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/22/updated-an-armed-robber-hits-the-pop-shoppe-on-west-innes-saturday-night-for-338-two-armed-robbers-hold-up-mystic-mart-on-s-main-st/

Critique of Salisbury’s Rumor Control Page https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/21/salisbury-clergy-unjustly-disparaged-by-citys-rumor-control-page-for-spreading-misinformation/

Editorial Skills https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/20/the-importance-of-accuracy-and-the-pitfalls-of-poor-propaganda/

City Council agrees with me to sell Fibrant https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/18/city-council-supports-a-resolution-to-possibly-sell-fibrant-lease-fibrant-or-bring-in-outside-management-why-selling-fibrant-is-highly-improbable/

County Government Reporting an editorial https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/16/greg-edds-fights-for-a-convention-center-nobody-wants-at-the-west-end-plaza-this-is-even-bigger-than-his-giant-clown-signs/

City Council Reports https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/10/the-good-the-bad-and-the-downright-ugly-report-from-the-salisbury-city-council-meeting-on-january-3rd-2016/

Scoop on County Commission Chair’s Declaration https://rowanfreepress.com/2017/01/04/declaration-of-co-dependency-rowan-county-n-c-style/

Editorial on SPD problems https://rowanfreepress.com/2016/12/24/salisbury-police-chief-jerry-stokes-and-city-manager-lane-bailey-flunked/

SPD Staffing Emergency Grows https://rowanfreepress.com/2016/12/23/salisbury-police-department-staffing-emergency-grows/

Salisbury Gang War https://rowanfreepress.com/2016/12/19/recapping-the-december-gang-wars-in-salisbury-n-c-until-december-17th/

Please refer to the Rowan Free Press site and search my name for many more articles that exposed:
Problems with ex SPD Chief Collins.
That Fibrant has not “turned the corner” and is losing millions per year.
That the Fibrant network was erected in violation of the National Electric Safety Code and it will take a lawsuit and/or millions to fix.
The Empire Hotel and its vampire-like thirst for Salisbury MSD taxes.

Douglas Todd Paris, Sr. dtp_paris@yahoo.com Page Three


UNCC 1984 BA in Political Science and History
UNC-Chapel Hill JD (Law) 1987


Greg Edds, Chairman, Rowan County Commission, 130 West Innes Street, Salisbury NC 28144.

Karen Alexander, Mayor of Salisbury, 217 South Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28147

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