Paul Cherulnik: Paper should do better vetting letters

Published: 7/31/2020 6:24:59 PM

I wish that the Gazette would stop publishing letters to the editor that contain blatantly false and misleading statements, such as Dale West’s assertion that “many (not all) of the people using the swimming holes along the river in Leeds are Black and/or Latino families simply trying to cool off in the hot summer months, and are very responsible in doing so.”

I live on a street where many people park on their way to the river. The vast majority are groups of white teenagers going to the dam to party. And I don’t see how cooling off responsibly involves shouting, loud music, vodka, beer, dirty diapers, urine or feces.

Nor do I think that West’s assumption or transmission of rumor or internet posts is fair or respectful to most Black or Latino citizens. If vetting facts, not opinions, in letters is beyond the capability of the newspaper, we might be better off without them.

Paul Cherulnik


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