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Giving officials credit would help newspapers

The Alpena News Managing Editor Justin Hinkley wrote that “a newspaper’s job is not to give elected officials credit but to hold them accountable for their actions.” That works against newspapers.

Holding the feet of elected officials to the fire is fine, but by not giving them credit for their accomplishments causes people to lower their appreciation for government, which is the institution which protects the freedom of the press.

Readers all the more will not trust what they read due to the bias of printing more bad news about government leaders than good.

MARK JOHN HUNTER,

Alpena

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