Letters to the Editor

Don’t print until it's proven

It’s time the Whidbey News-Times take responsibility for its actions. Printing stories about “accusations” against members of our community which have not been proven to be true, although protected under the First Amendment, need to pass another amendment first: the amendment of would I like this stuff said about me? The Whidbey News-Times is very quick to report something before the facts are all in. When you do that, you spread rumors, start fires, plant seeds of dissent, and ruin reputations of otherwise very reputable people. I have been the recipient of your careless, one-sided reporting, and it’s no fun.

In less than a few months, two highly reputable members of this community have had their names smeared by your paper, and the American innocent until proven guilty principle has been trampled in your rush to sell newspapers. How is that different from what the dictators do? Furthermore, showing a photo of cave, which is still open, to a public which is made up of young people eager to explore such a dangerous place, before the gate is in place, is equally irresponsible. It’s time to think before you print. It’s time to say you’re sorry.

Clay Miller


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