‘Thumbs up’ to alternative facts
There was a time when newspapers were the only show in town if someone wanted to air their grievances against city government, their Congressman, or even the local editor.
And, whether or not we agreed with the comments, we welcomed those letters (and still do) because one of our roles as publisher is to encourage civil, thoughtful discourse within certain perimeters.
Letter writers can’t make wild accusations about the city clerk embezzling money or a county commissioner using equipment from the road department for personal reasons unless they have absolute proof. Photos and a trail of paperwork are always a good idea.
We never saw our refusal to print unfounded claims - and quite a number have crossed our desk over the last 45 years - as a violation of someone’s First Amendment right or a form of censorship.
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