Editor’s Column: News isn’t always what you want to read, or what we want to print

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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ~George Orwell

We are wildly blessed to live in a place where 95% of the time we can share good news, report on happy stories and applaud awards achieved and merits given. It makes for a lovely news cycle, most of the time.

But that other 5% of the time the news can be painful and uncomfortable and awkward. When we have to report on a story that doesn’t shine a positive light on someone, that someone is a member of our community, someone we know, work with, and most of the time, like.

Deciding what to print and what to leave out isn’t easy. We could go for the clickbait, we could aim for the juicy bits, but we work hard not to do that.

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To the person who dropped off the articles about fluoridation problems in Sandy, Utah, this year and in Mississippi in 1993, thank you for sharing. They were interesting to read. If anyone would like to see them, let me know. 

By Niki Turner | editor@ht1885.com