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Avoid the appearance of bias, New Times 

I love the New Times photo contest (“Winning Images,” Nov. 7), but the judging process seems a bit tainted to me. Two of the three judges own businesses in SLO where photos can be printed. Contest participants may or may not choose to get their photo submissions printed at one of these shops. Is it a stretch to think the judges might end up preferring photos that came through their shop? Even if everyone had the best of intentions (and they probably did), this kind of potential for bias should have been avoided by New Times (especially since I brought it to the attention of the editors weeks before the judging took place!). Let’s hope next year New Times gets it right and removes all semblance of impropriety from the judging process.

-- David Wolfson - San Luis Obispo

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