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Right to Know
2021-12-15

            Whether you agree or disagree is your opinion. 
            Whether you support a group or not is your choice.  But, you need to know what others are doing or what is happening in order to form your opinion.

            The job of the newspaper is to inform you.  We do that by attending events and meetings and reporting on what happened there.  We don't make the news, we report it.

             When something happens that you don't like or don't agree with, we hope that you learned about it in the newspaper.

            We have been met with a few folks who tell us they will no longer buy or read our newspaper because they didn't like a story that was recently reported on regarding comments made by a school board official at a public school board meeting.  We reported what happened but some folks think you, the readers, don't have the right to know about it and want us to suppress it.

            We won't do that.  If it was said or done in a public setting we will report it.  You have the right to know.  And, we have the obligation to report it.

            If you will no longer read the newspaper because of that, we are not offended, but the people should know who you are.  Your dissatisfaction can be expressed in our Letters to the Editor section and readers can know who you are and what your opinion is.  Perhaps, they will want to know why you don't want them to know.

            If you are offended by protests you have the right to organize a counter protest, perhaps even a petition to show yours and others support for issues and groups.  If you are wary of that, maybe, a petition or letter writing effort in support of your opinion will do.

            But don't blame the newspaper for reporting an actual event that you don't like.  You're just showing your disrespect for others by implying that they don't have the right to know.

            You have the right to demand that we censor the news but we have the obligation to report it.  So, no, we won't censor it.

            With the state our nation, commonwealth, and communities are in right now we need pragmatists not partisans.

            Your threats will not impede us from our responsibilities.

            Opinions are many.  Your opinion must never interfere with the people's right to know.


 

 

 

 

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