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School official denounces holiday in radio spot

A local school board member and radio station owner has come under fire for airing an editorial denouncing the holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brett Reese is airing the editorial four times daily on his station KELS-FM 104.7. He is unapologetic that portions of the editorial that call King a "plastic god," a "sexual degenerate," and "an America-hating communist" appear verbatim on a website with links to a white supremacist group.

"Facts are facts, truth is truth," he said. The former carpenter, 40, insists he's not racist.

The school board passed a resolution last week supporting the holiday and calling the editorial "inflammatory and detrimental to our district and community." The vote came after Reese walked out of the meeting.

"Timed as they are, Mr. Reese's words demean the existence of the Martin Luther King Holiday and its honoring of not just Reverend King but of his messages of equal rights, peaceful demonstration, civility and respect," the board said in its resolution.

Mayor Tom Norton, a former state legislator, said Reese's views don't represent Greeley. Reese said some advertisers have departed the low-power FM station, which he has owned since 2000, over the editorial. But he said he is financially able to survive indefinitely without sponsors.

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