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Letter: Press needs to be vigilant against ‘alternative facts’

Press needs to be vigilant against ‘alternative facts’

As I do most mornings, I opened the paper to the opinion page. I enjoy the diverse opinions of E.J. Dionne, George Will, Kathleen Parker, Leonard Pitts and others, and while I do not always agree with what they write, there is always food for thought.

While not my choice for president, as a citizen of this country I was and am willing to give President Trump a chance. But neither his choices for Cabinet positions, nor his proclivity for lies has given me hope thus far.

However, the day after we were faced with the term “alternative facts” by Kellyanne Conway, the new president’s counselor, I was struck by how each of these writers differently, but equally voiced my outrage, my fear and my vision of our future.

As Will quoted James Madison, “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.”

I am grateful to the press for speaking the truth. You are our light in a very dark time.

Pamela Timmel

West Seneca

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