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SHOULD THE NEWS INVESTIGATE BACKGROUND OF EVERY WRITER?

The author of an April 16 letter disparaged The News for not researching "the origin of this deceptively named organization," Americans for Balanced Energy Choices. If The News had done so, he claimed, "it would have found that it is a pseudo-grass-rootsorganization funded primarily by coal mining, transportation and utility interests."

He further said "numerous unbiased scientific studies have documented that coal-burning power plants are major sources of mercury and other major pollutants." He attributed poor air and water quality and global warming to these pollutants.

Should The News have researched this writer and his allegations? What is his background? Why is he qualified to speak to this subject? What are the "numerous unbiased scientific studies" to which he referred? He made charges without attribution. In other words, as the headline on his letter declared, "More details needed on authors so readers can evaluate bias."

Ann E. Weidman

Mayville