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1.08.2006
  Newspaper Attcked For Telling Truth On Lawbreaking Officials
"Why did you allow the Sun to potentially negatively impact Charlotte County?"

A number of readers took the Sun to task for publishing this information on their elected officials not following the law.

"Stories about Devos and DeBoer not living in their districts was a 'a relentless attack by writers who honestly believe they are upholding the moral requirements of their media positions in front of the uninformed public.'"

State statute made it clear Devos and DeBoer would either have to move back into their districts, resign or be removed by the governor.

"Being your community paper means sometimes we write stories that are less than flattering or that have significant personal consequences to the people we write about and potentially involve people we genuinely like and respect such as Devos and DeBoer. In response to our letter writer, these stories are part of our community newspaper's responsibility to publish information and let the public decide. That responsibility means we publish a story even if that story creates turmoil in the lives of people we like and respect or if the story might have adverse effects on the community."

Sometimes, as a community paper, we make choices between our responsibilities. One of our responsibilities is to work in partnership with our community and its leaders to build a better tomorrow. Another responsibility is to be a trusted source of news by getting information to the public so people can decide for themselves how to respond to issues.

So either selectively edit the news for political purposes, or face the wrath of idiots for telling the truth.
 
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